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Proper Use of Fall Protection Equipment

Falls continue to be one of the most common occupational hazards. Fall injuries vary widely, resulting in minor injury due to slippery work surfaces and improper footwear, to serious, even fatal falls from heights, caused by the improper use of fall protection. According to 2009 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 605 workers were killed and an estimated 212,760 workers were seriously injured by falls, with the highest frequency of fall-related fatalities recorded in the construction industry. In 2013, incidents of reported nonfatal falls climbed to 229,190 across all industries. In that same year, there were 699 fatalities due to slips, trips and falls.1

When working at heights, all workers must use fall protection equipment and must be properly trained on how to use it. The guide below serves as a helpful reminder to those who have been fully trained on proper use of fall protection harnesses and lanyards.

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