Fall Protection Program

Why We Need Fall Protection

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths in the workplace. Employers must take measures in their workplaces to prevent employees from falling off overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that falls to a lower level have been the most frequent type of fatal fall in the workplace. Most of those are caused by falls from roofs, ladders, scaffolds, non-moving vehicles, and building girders or other structural steel.

What the Fall Protection Standard Covers

For general industry, the trigger height for providing fall protection is 4 feet. However, there are exceptions for work in construction, scaffolding, fixed ladders, dangerous equipment, and utility work. From the beginning, OSHA has consistently reinforced the "4-foot rule."

Key Topics

  • Hazards of Working at Elevation
  •  Fall Protection Program Elements
  • Identifying and Evaluating Fall Hazards
  •  Portable Ladders
  • Supported Scaffolds
  •  Aerial Lifts
  •  Adjustable-suspension Scaffolds
  • Cranes and Derrick Suspended Personnel Platforms
  •  Guardrail Systems
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS)
  •  Safety Net Systems
  • Training Requirements
  •  Rescue at Height

Target Audience

  • Employee
  •  Supervisor
  •  Manager