Do you know what is the most common type of injury that happens at the construction sites?
According to several studies, most of the workers reported injuries due to falls at the construction sites, which is also one of the major causes of deaths at the construction site.
It is important for a construction site owner to provide adequate safety harness to its employees. It is mandatory to provide personal protective equipment that prevents falls if the workers are working under the following circumstances:
• The site where structures above 7 feet are being built and the chances or worker falling are high.
• Thrust outs, trusses, beams, purlins, or plates at heights over 15 feet
• If the height of sloped roof surfaces is above 15 feet
In order to prevent accidental falls at the construction site, industrial safety equipment like guardrails and toe boards or other effective barriers should be used. In areas where guardrails and barriers are not feasible, proper safety harnesses should be provided to the worker along with another kind of personal fall protection systems or positioning devices to ensure safety.
When it comes ensuring safety against falls for the employees at the construction site, there are two kinds of personal fall protection systems that a company can use.
Personal Fall Arrest System
This type of personal fall arrest system stops the worker from hitting the lower level or any structure in the fall situation. This kind of system comes with an anchorage, full body harness and a connector that allows them to stop in time before hitting the ground. Sometimes it also includes the lanyard, a deceleration device, a lifeline or a combination of all these depending on the height at which worker is working.
Personal Fall Restraint System
A personal fall restraint system is used for preventing falls as it restrains the worker from getting too close to the unprotected edge. Apart from the full body harness, this system comes with full body belt, anchorages, and connectors. Lifelines, rope grabs and lanyards can also be added to this system.
However, no matter how safe they may seem there are always chances of fails and in such a condition safety nets must be used to ensure the safety of the worker.
Remember that it’s the duty of the employer to ensure that there are temporary floors set up with toe boards, guardrails, physical barriers and more to ensure fall protection for the workers.
Fall conditions at work may lead to some serious injuries which may bring very unpleasant attention and mat also lead to inquiry against the employer.