Falls in Focus: NAOSH Week & National Stand-Down
Through the National Safety Stand-Down, OSHA, NIOSH, CPWR and partner groups such as ASSE (through North American Occupational Safety and Health Week) are bringing national attention to the need to prevent falls in the construction industry. Be sure to read the Stand-Down posts on the EHS Works blog throughout the week.
But falls happen in many other industries in which workers may be performing tasks above ground level. Oil and gas is a case in point. According to one study, in 2013, falls, slips or trips caused 13% of the fatalities involving oil and gas extraction workers. In 2008, NIOSH produced the video, Take Pride in Your Job: Fall Protection, that features oil and gas extraction workers sharing their personal stories about using fall protection. The video also shares tips for using and inspecting gear.
You might also want to check out ASSE's Oil and Gas Safety Management virtual symposium on Friday, May 6; it will feature a live session with fall prevention expert Tracey Riepenhoff, P.E., CSP. During the presentation, Riepenhoff will summarize fall protection regulations related to anchorages, explain the critical nature of anchorage location and discuss primary design considerations for fall protection anchorages. Riepenhoff has authored/coauthored several articles on the fall-prevention-related topics for ASSE, including "Are Self-Retracting Devices the Solution for Your Fall Protection?" and delivered a session, "You’re Tying Off to What? Providing Compliant Fall Protection Anchorages,"at the 2014 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference.
U.S. Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 2881) that would make the OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) a permanent part of the workplace safety picture.(read more).