Employers must train workers in hazard recognition and the care and safe use of equipment such as ladders and scaffolds, and fall protection systems.
OSHA has provided numerous resources which are publicly available on its website at www.osha.gov. Employers can use these resources during toolbox talks to train their employees on safe practices to avoid falls in construction. Falls can be prevented when employees understand proper set up and safe use of equipment.
Ladder Safety: Employees must be trained to properly use a ladder- this includes safety measures like:
Maintain three points of contact
Place the ladder on level footing
Always face the ladder
Secure the ladder by locking the metal braces at the center of the ladder
Don't walk the ladder
Scaffold Safety: Employees must be trained to safely set up and use scaffolds- this includes safety measures like:
During setup: fully plank scaffolds, complete all guardrails, ensure stable footing and plumb and level
Ensure proper access to scaffolds
A competent person must inspect the scaffold before use
Don't climb over cross braces
Don't stand on guardrails
Don't use a ladder on a scaffold
Roof Safety: Employees must be trained to avoid fall hazards on a roof and properly use fall protection equipment-this includes safety measures like:
Make sure your harness fits and is not defective when using PFAS
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