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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
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.
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.
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.
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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