TOOLBOX TALK 06/60
TOPIC: FALL HAZARDS
OBJECTIVE: TO ENSURE WORKERS ARE SAFE FROM FALLS
Some things to know before you give your talk.
Did you know that falls are one of the most common accidents in the construction industry? In total, falls result in about 7,000 deaths per year and account for 22.5% of all construction injuries. The good thing about fall hazards is that most can be easily prevented.
Ask yourself these questions before your talk to your team:
Falls from Heights
- Are your workers exposed to falls over 1.2m? If they are, do they have proper railings to keep them from falling?
- Are they properly tied-off or are nets used on exposed fall from height hazards?
- Can the fall exposure be corrected by covering and protecting openings?
- Working on height above 2m safety harness to be used.
- Has your team had the appropriate working at heights training? Are they properly trained to use their PPE?
Falls on the Same Level
- Do you schedule time for clean-up before the end of the workday?
- Are electrical cords arranged so that workers don’t trip over them?
- What is the biggest tripping hazard at your job site?
Falls into Trenches and Excavation
- Are adequate ladders provided to get in and out of a trench or excavation?
- Do you have the right ladders length for the job?
- Are all ladders in good condition?
- Are trenches that are left open covered or marked?
- Are trenches provided with easy access (ramps or walkways) from one side to the other, so your crew doesn’t have to jump or leap over them?
REMIND YOUR TEAM THAT THE FALL THEY PREVENT COULD BE THEIR OWN.