Fall Protection


Falls are the number one cause of fatalities in the construction industry. 150 to 200 workers are killed each year and more than 100, 000 injured as a result of falls. Overall (including general industry) falls are the number two biggest cause of fatalities in the U.S.(motor vehicle accidents are number 1.Anchor

  • 40% of the fatalities were from heights over 40 feet
  • Most falls occure on scaffolds or roofs
  • 25% of fall fatalities were from heights of 11 to 20 feet
  • 25% of fall fatalities were from heights of 20 to 30 feet

Duty to have Fall Protection

The following areas require fall protection when employees are exposed to falls (six feet or greater):

  • Leading edges
  • Ramps/runways
  • Residential construction
  • Hoist areas
  • Wall and floor openings
  • Unprotected sides and edges
  • Above dangerous equipment (any height)
  • Overhand brick laying
  • Steep or low slope roofs
  • Walking surfaces
  • Form work and reinforcing steel
  • Excavations, wells, pits Anchor
  • Precast concrete
  • Examples of Fall Protection

    Passive system include: Active systems components
    (personal fall arrest system-PFAS) include:
  • Guardrails
  • Safety nets
  • Covers
  • Fences
  • Barricades
  • Anchorage points
  • Lanyard
  • Snap hooks
  • Life lines
  • Body harness

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