Top 5 Reasons to Focus on Fall Protection in 2017

As we turn the calendar to a new year, it’s fitting to make plans for what should be new, improved or different. If safety and risk management matters to you, I highly recommend that you plan to focus on fall protection in 2017. If you’re wondering why, here are five main reasons: OSHA released new […]

What is a Competent Person in Fall Protection?

“Being a Competent Person is not a title, it is a responsibility.” This reminder, which one of our clients sent to his team of Competent Persons, is reminiscent of the famous quote: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Competent persons may not hold power in a traditional sense, but applying their knowledge can mean the […]

A Renewed Focus on Window Cleaning Safety

New acronym, same goal – to increase safety for window cleaning procedures. It’s one of the most common, yet most challenging aspects of fall protection – since responsibilities lie with both the building owner and the cleaning contractor. What was once referred to as the IWCA I-14.1 committee on window cleaning safety has now been […]

Prevent Falls: National Safety Stand Down This Week

This week, OSHA has organized a safety stand down to raise awareness about fall hazards in construction. Falls are the #1 cause of fatalities in construction and the #4 cause of occupational fatalities overall. In 2012, falls accounted for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded. Those deaths were preventable, and OSHA is inviting all […]

Fall Safety Comes Down to a Nub

There’s a really important reason that LJB focuses heavily on detailed equipment inspection in its fall protection training courses. Every piece of fall protection equipment has components that could be damaged and result in catastrophe. So, performing a thorough pre-use inspection can mean the difference between life and death. Consider this case: a worker at […]

Is “Tough-Guy Mentality” Thwarting Fall Protection Progress?

During my career in the fall protection industry, I’ve heard many excuses about why people don’t use fall protection properly – if at all. Familiar responses are: “Fall protection makes it harder to work” or “It slows down my work.” Another common excuse I’ve heard is that “I just don’t need it.” I used to […]

Fall Protection Accountability Challenges – At Home and Abroad

When a worker on the rooftop of a skyscraper clips a safety harness onto the point that anchors him to the building, there’s a one-in-three chance the anchor itself is unsafe. This unsettling fact comes from an audit conducted by the Working at Heights Association (WAHA) in Australia, which recently sent a call to action […]

Safety Symposium Aimed at Preventing Fatalities and Supporting Families

When I see that the time, resources, and passion that I’ve invested in fall protection makes a real difference for people, my work becomes very rewarding. In late November, I have the opportunity to share what I’ve learned about fall risk to benefit employers, as well as families who have already experienced loss. The reality […]

Where is the Weak Link in Your Fall Protection System?

“It’s only as strong as its weakest link.” This phrase has been used to describe many things, from a team to a process. This is a short way of saying that it takes many parts to achieve success, and a weakness in one area can negate all the strengths in the other areas. I often […]

Are You a Good Fall Protection Consumer?

Smart consumers do their homework to ensure they get what they need at a fair price. Even those of us who don’t regularly research and compare will do so for significant purchases—especially if the health or well-being of our loved ones are on the line. If your job involves purchasing fall protection equipment, you need […]