Are Your Fixed Ladders Compliant with New OSHA Regulations?

Fixed ladders are among the many aspects of fall protection that are impacted by the recently published OSHA 1910 regulations. While the regulation went into effect on January 17, OSHA is allowing time to get your organization into compliance. While some minor changes are required for clearances, rung spacing, step-across distance, and other ladder design […]

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 […]

New LEED Credit Connects Safety and Sustainability

As we have experienced sustainability transition from an uncommon, specialty concern into a widely accepted expectation for design and construction, LJB’s safety professionals have often wondered, “How can something be considered sustainable if saving human lives isn’t considered?” With the introduction of “Prevention through Design,” to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot […]

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 […]

Fall Protection “Yo-Yos” Are No Child’s Play

In the course of our fall protection consulting work at petrochemical sites, we have seen a significant increase in the use of self-retracting devices—or “yo-yos,” as they are often called in the field. While the yo-yo nickname makes sense, these devices are much more complex than a child’s toy. When used properly, SRDs provide an […]

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 […]