Moffitt Fall Protection Safety

Falls Are the Leading Cause of Death in Construction. In 2018, there were 320 fatal falls to a lower level out of 1,008 construction fatalities (BLS data). All these deaths could be prevented with sufficient fall protection safety. They’ve produced the Plan, Provide, Train program to help people learn how they can prevent falls. As an industrial ventilation company our employees spend a lot of time on roofs. That’s why we decided to spread the message to our team as well as our customers by sharing the suggestions here.

Fall Hazard SafetyPLAN ahead to get the job done safely

When working from elevated heights employers must plan to ensure that the job is done safely. The first step is to decide what tasks will be involved and what safety equipment may be needed to complete each task. This includes planning for safety equipment and making all the necessary equipment and tools available at the construction site.

For example, in a roofing job, the employer must think about all the different fall hazards. This includes holes, skylights, and leading edges. Next, they must determine the fall protection suitable to that work, such as personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).

At Moffitt, we plan by preparing the Site-Specific Safety Plan, which includes a fall protection plan specific to the project. These plans should include any customer-provided safety requirements and our subcontractor’s safe work plan. Any Moffitt representative onsite should be adhering to the plan and ensuring that the subcontractor is adhering to the plan. If not, address the safety infraction with the subcontractor’s site superintendent or directly with the crew member.

PROVIDE the right equipment

Workers who are six feet or more above lower levels are at risk for severe injury or death if they should fall. To protect these workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job. The right equipment may include ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear depending on the job site.

It is imperative to choose the right ladder or scaffold to get the job done safely. For roof work, if workers use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS), the company should provide a harness for each worker. This will ensure that everyone working at elevation will be tied off to the anchor. Make sure the PFAS fits, and regularly inspect it for safe use.

Moffitt has increased safety planning by utilizing a Fall Protection Plan and Fall Hazard Survey to identify the correct safety equipment systems and site-specific fall protection required for each job. When working with a MCI, the Moffitt team works on a collaborative site-specific fall protection plan. Being proactive and utilizing Personal Fall Limiter Systems (PFLS) to ensure a fall is arrested ensures fall protection on projects.

TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely

Every worker should be trained on proper set-up and safe use of equipment they use on the job. Employers must train workers in recognizing hazards on the job. They must also show how to utilize the equipment that is designed to keep them safe. Training on the proper fit of harnesses, correct usage of lanyards or retractables, and when fall protection is appropriate, ensure a safe crew.

In conclusion, the entire Moffitt team takes safety training seriously. For 2021, February is our safety month. We’re observing proper safety procedures, like fall protection, all month long. We’re discussing plans, providing equipment, and training everyone to be ready for roof work for the rest of the year and the future.

At Moffitt, safety is always job one.

Sources: https://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/