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 […]

Vol. 5 – Spend Wisely on Anchorages to Truly Improve Safety & Manage Risk

To conclude this blog series, we want to provide a specific recommendation for how to not only comply with OSHA’s regulations, but also increase safety and manage risk for your organization. Simply put: You cannot comply with one line of the OSHA regulation and think your systems are safe. Consider this: When you prepare to […]

Vol. 3 – If Load Testing Isn’t the Answer, What Is?

As mentioned in the previous blog post in this series, load testing without analysis is not a reliable way to determine anchorage strength. To avoid damage and unnecessary expense, anchorage strength should be predicted using analytical methods. When workmanship cannot be verified visually, such as with adhesive anchors, then nondestructive testing may be appropriate. But relying […]

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 […]

Testing your fall protection systems: Any volunteers?

You can’t judge a book by its cover, and you shouldn’t judge a fall protection system from its appearance either. In the course of our fall protection consulting work, we’ve seen a lot of really bad systems—some that were obviously wrong and some that looked great, but were easily failed. When you require your workers […]

Fall Protection Anchorages

Fall protection anchorages are a hotly debated topic, and one that I am personally passionate about.  A poll question from a recent webinar on fall protection system certification has sparked some healthy debate on anchorages once again. The question:   True or false – By law, all anchorages must be designed by a qualified person. The […]