Specialized Fall Protection Training Class Designed to Change Behavior


LJB’s philosophy on fall protection training centers on one thing – effective training changes behavior. One of the best ways to ensure that behavior changes after training is to make the class as applicable as possible to the attendees’ day-to-day work. This is exactly what we did recently for petrochemical clients in the Gulf Coast region.

With Motiva Enterprises near New Orleans serving as the host organization, LJB conducted a competent person fall protection training course specific to the petrochemical industry.  This market sector presents unique fall protection challenges, so the class focused on fall hazards and solutions specific to petrochemical operations and maintenance.  To ensure that attendees would be able to apply what they learned, the class also included hands-on exercises and case studies that are relevant within a petrochemical environment.

This customized course was attended by not only Motiva Norco refinery employees, but also safety professionals from three other refineries in the Gulf Coast region.

Based on feedback from the attendees, the training had the impact we hoped—to influence their thinking and behavior regarding fall protection.  This is what some of the attendees said:

I learned something new every single day of the class.  What I learned really helped me out with some specific issues at our site.
– Nate Bumstead (Marathon Petroleum Company – Garyville Refinery)

This course does a good job of moving the mindset from “fall protection” to “protection from a fall.”  The goal is to avoid falls in the first place—not just catch someone once they have fallen.
– Ed Grosse (Shell Deer Park)

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