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IT'S THE SUDDEN STOP THAT HURTS 

Each year, falls result in many serious injuries, and approximately 20% of all falls are fatal. This means that for every five persons involved in a falling accident, one dies.  Let's spend the next few minutes talking about where falls occur and what we can do to prevent them. 

HOUSEKEEPING

Good footing is the best way to avoid falls and good housekeeping is the best way to ensure good footing. Scrap lumber; trash; wire; and slippery areas caused by water, grease, or oil can cause falls. 

LADDERS

Taking ladders for granted has caused many falls. Many workers believe that they can use any ladder for any job. To be safe, however, select a ladder that suits the purpose. Be sure it's in good condition and that you place it securely. Keep both hands free for climbing and always face the ladder when going up or down.  Don't carry tools with you. 

SCAFFOLDS

A scaffold should be solidly constructed like a permanent structure, even if it will be used for only a short time. Be sure uprights are uniformly spaced, plumb, and set on a good foundation. Use mudsills. Use horizontal or diagonal bracing to give stability. Provide guardrails and toeboards to help prevent falls. Inspect planking before installation. It should be overlapped by a minimum of 12 inches or secured from movement. The planks should extend over the end supports by not less than 6 inches not more than 12 inches.  Whenever you're on a single-point or a two-point suspended scaffold, wear your safety gear or equipment. Be sure it's tied to a secure independent life  line. 

FLOOR AND WALL OPENINGS

Depending on their size, cover floor openings or protect them with standard guard-rails and toeboards. Also, protect wall openings, except for doorways and stair-ways through which persons could fall. This protection should be substantial and secured to prevent displacement. 

STAIRWAYS

Falls on stairways are caused by running, carrying objects that block your view failure to use handrails, or just not paying attention. Watch your step and concentrate on what you are doing.  

Remember, it's not the fall that hurts. It's the sudden stop. 

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