Most of the major accidents that happen in a workplace usually arise from employees falling thus resulting to injury and other times, death. For this reason, it is usually recommended that employers set up their work place in order to prevent their employees from falling off from overhead platforms, any holes on the floors and walls as well as falling from workstations that have been elevated. The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to provide fall protection mostly on elevations that are more than four feet above the ground in any given workplace. In shipyards, the fall protection should be provided for an elevation that is above five feet while in the construction industry it should be for elevations above six feet.
Fall protection as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires should also be provided to employees working over dangerous equipment and machinery. It does not matter the fall distance because of the working conditions. Personal Protective Equipment should also be provided to employees to keep them safe from any kind of falls. For instance, people working in construction industries should be provided with helmets and even safety belts for their protection.
In order to prevent employees from getting injured as a result of falling, there are several things employers must do such as installation of mezzanine gates. In the case of a hole that an employee may fall and get injured, it should be guarded mainly by use of railing or a floor hole cover. The employer should be the one to provide a guard rail as well as the toe-board around every raised open sided platform., floor or a runway.
Employers should provide to their employees’ safety nets in case they are working in high places, for instance during construction in case one falls off by accident. They should also provide dock safety gates, stair railings, hand rails, safety harness and lines just to keep ensure the safety of their employees. It is a requirement by the Occupational Health and Safety Act for employees to provide working conditions which are free of any dangers employees may face.
Fall protection requires employers to keep floors in the work areas clean as well as dry to avoid slipping. They should also provide the personal protective equipment to their workers without additional or hidden costs. Employees should also be trained about any job hazards in a language that they can understand. If an employer can provide all the above, cases of injuries in the work place are going to be minimized.