In the U.S. in 2005 there were 662 fatalities from falls to a lower level, nearly two per day. A decade earlier in 1995 there were 573 fatalities. The over-all number of work related injuries and deaths have decreased with the availability of advancements in technology. Yet, with all the advances in technology, the number of fall-related deaths and injuries are increasing. This trend is seen not just in the U.S., but around the world.
The International Society for Fall Protection invites you to join us in Las Vegas in June of 2008 to examine the question, with all the progress in technology why have we not seen a decline in the number of deaths and injuries related to falls and begin to pinpoint a solution.
The ISFP’s mission is to be the international voice and forum for fall protection information exchange. Here attendees may view presentations about the latest news and research in fall protection, and exchange thoughts and ideas. The symposium is designed for anyone concerned with the effectiveness of fall protection programs, including workers, managers, legal staff, engineers, labor representatives, trainers, standards-setting personnel, academics, safety and insurance administrators.
This is a dynamic time for the fall protection industry because of the new technologies, practices and updated standards. These standards include the new ANSI Z359 code for Fall Protection in effect in the U.S. November 27, 2007. A portion of the symposium will be allotted to discussing how these standards will affect not only the U.S. but also standards around the world.
Sessions will include topics on the new ANSI Fall Protection standards, falls relating to the elderly, fall protection for heavier workers, and the use of fall protection equipment in practice.
Founding President of the ISFP, Mr. Sulowski is the President of Sulowski Fall Protection, Inc. He has over 150 publications and presentations, including co-authoring and editing of the book Fundamentals of Fall Protection. He holds four American and Canadian patents in fall protection equipment. He is also advising staff of the Canadian Federal and Provincial safety agencies on fall protection.
Manager of Technical Services at MSA Fall Protection, Colorado, USA, Mr. Feldstein has 17 years experience in fall protection product design and standards development. He is a member of the ANSI Z359 Accredited Standards Committee for Fall Protection and Chairman of the US Technical Advisory Group to the ISO Fall Protection Technical Committee, ISO TC94/SC4.
The ISFP’s current President, Mr. Wingfield is extensively involved in the continuing development of national standards for fall protection equipment and training. Mr. Wingfield is the Chairman of the American National Standards (ANSI) Z359 committee, former Vice Chair of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z259 Committee. He is also President of Gravitec Systems, Inc., a leading fall protection company located in Washington State, and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Mr. Schaeper has been the Technical Superintendent of Bau-Berufsgenossenschaft (Employers’ liability insurance association of the building industry, Wuppertal) since 1990. His many activities include convener in the field and technical committee of personal protective equipment against falls, as well as convener of CEN/TC 160/WG 5 rescue equipment since 1998. Since 2000 he has been convener of the German technical committee NA 075-03-01 AA protection against falls from height including working belts. He is also an active member of both CEN/TC 160/WG 1 general requirements and CEN/TC 160/WG 2 personal fall arresting systems, components and systems.