The risks of not using fall protection equipment

Falling from a great height can cause serious injuries that can cause lasting damage, resulting in disabilities and fatalities. Federally and provincially, in British Columbia, Canada, the employer has to provide or put in place fall-protection systems if work needs to be done from a height of 3 metres or more or if the height is less than 3 metres (10 feet), but the surface that the person would fall on would cause greater injury than a typical solid, flat surface. 

Risks associated with not using fall protection equipment include:

Serious injuries

 Falls from heights can result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, internal injuries, and head injuries. These injuries can be life-threatening and can result in permanent disabilities.

Death

 Falls from heights can be fatal, especially if the worker falls from a great height or lands on a hard surface. The risk of death increases significantly if the worker is not wearing protection equipment.

Legal consequences

Employers are legally responsible for providing a safe working environment for their employees. If a worker is injured or killed due to a lack of fall protection equipment, the employer may face legal consequences, including fines and lawsuits.

Why fall protection equipment and training are essential

Fall protection equipment and proper training are essential for workers who perform tasks at heights greater than 3 metres. This equipment includes harnesses, lanyards, anchors and more. It is designed to prevent falls and protect workers in the event of a fall. Some of the reasons why it is essential are:

It saves lives

 Fall protection and training are designed to prevent falls and protect workers in the event of a fall. Workers can significantly reduce their risk of serious injury or death by wearing the equipment.

It is required by law

Both the Federal Government of Canada and the Provincial Government of BC require employers to provide fall protection to workers who perform tasks at heights greater than 3 metres or tasks done on unsafe surfaces. Failure to provide this equipment can result in fines and legal consequences.

Tips for Using Fall Protection Equipment Safely

To ensure that equipment is used safely, it is essential to follow these tips:   

Inspect equipment regularly

Equipment should be inspected regularly to ensure it is in good condition. If there are any signs of wear or damage, the equipment should be replaced immediately.

Use the right equipment

Different tasks require different types of fall protection equipment. It is essential to use the right equipment for the task at hand.

Train workers how to use fall protection equipment correctly

Workers should receive proper fall protection training on using it safely. This training should include information on how to inspect the equipment, how to use it correctly, and what to do in the event of a fall. 

In B.C., 20% of all lost time injuries are because of falls

Employers are legally responsible for providing fall protection equipment to their workers, and failure to do so can result in legal and financial consequences. To ensure that fall protection equipment is used safely, it is essential to inspect equipment regularly, use the right equipment for the task at hand, train workers, and follow manufacturer instructions. By prioritizing safety on the job site, workers can reduce their risk of falls and work more productively. Clockwork Training comes to your workplace, training your employees on the equipment they use daily. Contact us for more information on our fall protection training course and other courses.