LJB has always taken a unique approach to fall protection consulting, with our independence from equipment and our focus on holistic program and system development. In light of recent news that fall fatalities increased again in 2014, it is critical to find new ways to protect workers at height. To help make information about fall protection more accessible, we have published a book to communicate the philosophies and best practices we’ve developed during our 25 years in the industry.
Kimberly Messer, one of my colleagues at LJB, recently published the book Falling for Work: A Story of Death and Determination to provide a real-world look at fall protection issues and solutions that work. The book focuses on best practices for fall hazard risk reduction that can save organizations time, money and lives.
What makes this book so unique in the industry is that it’s not a technical resource. We know that fall protection regulations, standards, and equipment change too much—and each situation has its own complexities and nuances. Kimberly uses a fictional story to help readers relate to the process of creating and maintaining a fall protection program. The book is less than 100 pages and is organized in short chapters, each covering a specific fall protection topic—from training to rescue.
Frankly, a book of this nature is long overdue in this industry, as we need a new way to communicate the critical nature of fall prevention and protection–to those who work at height, safety professionals and those in management with responsibility for health and safety. Many existing resources on fall prevention and protection are highly technical and complex, which can overshadow the core issue of saving lives.
I encourage you to read this short, but impactful book and make it available for your workers at heights and those who have supervision and management responsibilities within your safety program. It’s a quick read, but it packs a lot of powerful messages about what to watch for and how to proactively reduce risk for workers at heights.