Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Employers are required to train workers to use fall arrest systems

Employers are required to train workers to use fall arrest systemsand other personal protective equipment correctly while performing their jobs Workers who wear fall arrest devices while working, and those who may perform rescue activities, should also be trained in:
How to ascertain whether their personal protective equipment is properly fitted and worn, so that it performs as intended.
Rescue procedures should include the following actions:
If self-rescue is impossible, or if rescue cannot be performed promptly, the worker should be trained to "pump" his/her legs frequently to activate the muscles and reduce the risk of venous pooling. Footholds can be used to alleviate pressure, delay symptoms, and provide support for "muscle pumping."
Continuous monitoring of the suspended worker for signs and symptoms of orthostatic intolerance and suspension trauma.
Ensuring that a worker receives immediate first aid and or medical attention once rescued.
If the worker is unconscious, keeping the worker’s air passages open and obtain first aid.
Did You Know?
Orthostatic intolerance may be experienced by workers using fall arrest systems. Following a fall, a worker may remain suspended in a harness. The sustained immobility may lead to a state of unconsciousness. Depending on the length of time the suspended worker is unconscious/immobile and the level of venous pooling, the resulting orthostatic intolerance may lead to death. While not common, such fatalities often are referred to as "harness-induced pathology" or "suspension trauma."
Do you need training ? Ask your self these questions
1. What are the two basic types of fall protection?
Fall restraint systems, like guardrails. These keep you from falling.
Fall arrest systems, like safety nets. These break your fall.
Never use any type of fall protection unless you have been trained.
2. If there are no guardrails, when and where should you tie off with a harness and lines?
The Ontario rule is that you should tie off when the drop is 3 meter or more.
3. If you use fall protection equipment, what do you need to check?
Be sure all equipment is safety-approved. Look for a label showing that it meets CSA Standards
Be sure everything is in good condition. Remove from service any lanyard or harness or life line that has broken, someone’s fall or is frayed, cut or worn.
Be sure you have the right equipment for the job.
If you had to think and or guess to the above questions, maybe you consider giving us call. A fall may cost your company hundreds of thousands dollars in fines, workers compensation, rehabilitation , retraining and legal fees to defend yourself and or maybe a jail term or both.
Safety First Training Fall Protection Training Programs are for various situations,including:Industrial, Manufacturing, Petro-Chemical, Transportation and Utilities. Training can be adapted to specific applications, including: Cranes, Material Handling, Roofs, Tanks, Equipment, Machines, Rigs, Railway, Towers, Silos, Ladders, Chimneys, and for many other projects. What will you learn we will cover: OHSA, Fall Protection Systems, Elements of Hazards, System Design, Limitations, PPE, Inspection, Proper Use, Care, and Maintenance

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