Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Provide Effective Fall Protection Training

For this year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, I’m sharing these top five ways to reduce fall hazard risk, based on a quarter century of experience providing fall protection consultation. The first four ways are listed below and can be found here: Apply Prevention through Design Perform Fall Hazard Risk Assessments—the Right […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Focus on Certified Systems, Not Just Equipment

For this year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, I’m sharing the top five ways to reduce fall hazard risk, based on my more than 25 years in fall protection consulting. Check out the first three ways: Apply Prevention through Design Perform Fall Hazard Risk Assessments—the Right Way Use Less Personal Protective Equipment […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Use Less Personal Protective Equipment

For this year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, I’m sharing the top five ways to reduce fall hazard risk, based on more than a quarter century of fall protection consulting. You can check out the first way here and the second here. The third: Use Less Personal Protective Equipment. People are often […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Perform Fall Hazard Risk Assessments—the Right Way

For this year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, I’m sharing the top five ways to reduce fall hazard risk, based on my more than 25 years in fall protection consulting. The first way is applying Prevention through Design. The second? Perform fall hazard risk assessments—the right way. The goal of a fall […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Apply Prevention through Design

Fall protection is a complex and challenging safety issue. When addressed well, workers at height—who perform the tasks that keep our businesses and communities running—are able to go home safely each day. Over my more than 25 years of providing fall protection consulting to folks around the world, including performing fall hazard risk assessments and […]

What a Cross-Country Client Visit is Like During a Pandemic

For LJB’s Mark Bourquin, who is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilot and technical specialist, trekking across the country to visit client sites is typical. But his recent trip from Dayton, Ohio, to a client site near Portland, Oregon, was definitely not typical. After all, we’re in a pandemic. Though LJB’s work is deemed essential […]

Proper Cleaning Technique Extends to Fall Protection PPE

With all the focus on hand-washing, we must remember that our safety equipment also has the potential for contamination and continued spread of the coronavirus and other infectious agents. Just like our hands, equipment should generally be cleaned with soap and water. It doesn’t take special cleansers or sanitizers. In fact, these could actually damage […]

Key Requirements in New ANSI Standards for MEWPs

We’re days away from ANSI’s new standards regarding the design, safe use and training requirements for mobile elevating working platforms (MEWPs) taking effect. March 1 is the big day! Formerly known as aerial work platforms, MEWPs include machines, such as boom lifts, cherry pickers and scissor lifts, that help workers perform tasks at height. ANSI’s […]

What we should learn from the SRL recalls

The recent recalls of self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) by 3M and Honeywell have prompted some clients to ask, “Is the personal protective equipment industry struggling with quality issues?” While the back-to-back recalls are certainly disturbing, there is more to the story than a few PPE flaws. And, there is a lot more that you can do […]

Why the 3M SRL recall is about more than the equipment

As you may have heard, 3M has issued a stop use and recall of its DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines—likely the most significant recall in the history of fall protection in terms of units, cost to the manufacturer and users’ business disruption. As part of a personal fall […]