Fall Hazard Recognition
A fall hazard exists whenever there is an unguarded working surface more than four feet above the next lower level (regardless of whether the work being conducted falls under general industry or construction) at Virginia Tech. Including work conducted from ladders, roofs, scaffolds, aerial lifts, work above dangerous gear or areas that might be dangerous if dropped into, such as for example pickling or galvanizing tanks, degreasing devices, unguarded equipment or electric gear, a human anatomy of water, or other comparable circumstances.
Note: Access on numerous roofs is fixed because of respiratory that is potential. To learn more, head to Roof Access.
Generally speaking, a permanent method of protection, such as for instance a guardrail system, is set up to offer access that is safe workers whom must work above or in the vicinity of these dangers; but, where appropriate autumn security will not occur, or where workers may prefer to bypass the installed system, other way of security needs to be implemented. The designated competent person is in charge of pinpointing such dangers, assessing the specific situation, needing a feasible method of protecting workers, and making sure the protective system is beneficial. For support, contact EHS at 231-2341.
Fall Protection Choices
Proper selection and execution for just about any offered autumn risk situation is important. Whenever you can, the autumn risk must certanly be eradicated forever by appropriate design and access, permanant guardrails, and/or location of settings and gear on walk out.