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OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

Process: Surface Preparation and Preservation

 

Falls

Illustration of worker ship with potential fall hazards

Falls during surface preparation activities may occur as a result of the following:

  • Limited visibility due to bulky protective clothing and respiratory protection that may impair peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Failure to use effective fall protection while performing paint removal or application tasks that require workers to work from ladders, staging, or in mechanical lifts.
  • Slipping on spent blast grit or tripping over obstacles on the deck while performing abrasive blast work.
Illustration of worker ship with potential fall hazards

Examples of situations where falls may occur.

Illustration of worker ship with potential fall hazards

Illustration of worker ship with potential fall hazards

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