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Article on Keeping Workers Safe While Working on Scaffolding

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Understanding fall protection standards can be confusing. It is the responsibility of the employer to follow appropriate regulatory requirements, such as OSHA, for keeping workers safe. For more information about keeping workers safe while working on scaffolding, see the article below from simplifiedsafety.com.

This article notes that companies don’t always follow the standards set for scaffolding, which can be very dangerous for employees. For many work at height projects, scaffolding may not be needed and can be replaced by using certified Rope Access workers who utilize solid rigging skills and special equipment to meet the highest safety standards. PMI provides Rope Access training, which is growing in popularity. Rope Access training and certification teaches workers to understand the risks they are taking while working at height and how to recognize, communicate and mitigate those risks to decrease injuries and fatalities. Rope Access methods utilize specific techniques that give workers a wide variety of skills to increase safety while working at height. By using Rope Access Technicians, companies can reduce project costs significantly while at the same time improving safety for their workers. The cost of Rope Access certification is a small price to pay for a big peace of mind. PMI provides the Rope Access equipment training, and expertise to help your company easily understand and meet the highest standards in the industry, which is better for the company and the workers. Find out more about PMI’s training division, and see course schedules, at www.verticalrescuesolutions.com.

What Fall Protection is Required When Working on a Scaffold? – Fall Protection Blog

Fall protection regulations can be confusing to begin with, but throw in a subpart that includes an exception to the rule and there’s bound to be people who get…

Deaths From Falls From Height Can Be Prevented

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Falls continue to rank as the leading cause of death in construction, with more than 300 workers losing their lives each year. In an alarming number of cases, cause of the incident is traced back to the employee not having been provided adequate equipment or training. Lack of fall protection is (still) the most frequently cited OSHA violation.

This week marks a focused emphasis by OSHA on preventing catastrophic workplace falls. Employers across the nation will participate in OSHA’s Construction Fall Protection Safety Stand Down between the dates of June 2 and June 6. A Safety Stand Down is a time when companies and workers voluntarily stop work to participate in safety events and activities designed to prevent these kinds of incidents.

Deaths from falls from height can be prevented by employers providing employees with adequate equipment and proper training. Please join PMI in a focused effort on safety in work at height. To view PMI equipment for work at height, visit www.pmirope.com or to see our training schedule please visit http://ow.ly/xxNKd.

National Safety Stand-Down

Prevent Falls in Construction and Other Industries

OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910 Fall Protection UPDATE

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

PMI testified recently at a four-day OSHA Hearing regarding proposed revisions to the Walking-Working Surfaces standard (Subpart D) and addition of a new Subpart I for Personal Fall Protection Equipment Criteria. In the hearing, OSHA heard testimony from a wide variety of respondants, some of whom petitioned for significant limitations on rope based work at height, and some of whom petitioned for a broader acceptance.

SPRAT, AWEA, and some private companies testified on behalf of the viability and benefits of rope access, but there was also significant representation from the scaffold industry and employee representatives who seek to restrict rope work. In her testimony, PMI Vice President Loui McCurley specifically requested that work on rope be regulated separately from suspended scaffold regulation (which is where it resides in the proposed regulation), and that it not be restricted to window cleaning (which is how the proposed regulation currently reads). Instead, we petitioned OSHA to incorporate performance oriented language to define the goals and capabilities for rope access systems and qualifications of practitioners, regardless of the industry in which rope access is practiced.

OSHA estimates that within 14 days the hearing transcripts should be available in the public docket (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0072) at http://www.regulations.gov.

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