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Toolbox talk on fall protection

Fall protection means preventing a fall from happening in a workplace.

When a worker engages in an activity, more than 6 meters high, there is a likelihood that such a worker may fall if there are no measures to protect the worker.

Also, working close to an excavation or trench may pose a danger leading to a fall when protection is absent. A worker may trip on a hazard on the walkway and fall towards the ground. 

Primary protection against a fall from height is the use of a guard rail or edge protection around the surrounding areas.

However,guardrail is a barrier erected at the exposed places of the working platform. Guardrails entail top rail, mid-rail and toeboard.

Secondary protection against such falls will be a Full body harness belt with a lanyard.  

Fall protection: What are you to do to ensure adequate fall protection on site today?

  • Remove all hazards that can cause falls on site. For examples, damaged ladders or improper erection of work platforms. 
  • Ensure you keep away from open edges, especially those edges that have inadequate guardrails in place.
  • Keep away from open trenches and pits.
  • Ensure that open trenches and pits are covered with appropriate materials.
  • Ensure you use safety signages to indicate places where there is a risk of falls.
  • Don’t engage in horseplay and other activities that may expose the worker to falling on a site. 
  • Avoid running on-site so that you don’t run into a pit or a trench.
  • Prevent situations that will make the next worker fall on site. 
  • Do not enter into a barricaded or unauthorised area until you’re allowed to do so.
  • Maintain good housekeeping at all times. Keep work areas free of debris. However, do not obstruct the walkway with any material so that workers. 
  • Ensure there is a fall prevention plan in place and all workers have to be knowledgeable about them. 

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