U.S. Department of Labor
Process: Surface Preparation and Preservation
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.
Examples of situations where falls may occur.