Fall Protection Blog
Scaffolding Fatalities – A Preventable Loss

Scaffolding Fatalities – A Preventable Loss

by Barry Maxwell, MSSafety Services Manager On Monday of this week, three people were killed, and two others injured after a scaffolding collapse at a construction site in Charlotte, North Carolina. All work at the site was halted after the victims fell approximately 70 feet when the...

National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Workplace Falls

National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Workplace Falls

by Barry Maxwell, MSSafety Services Manager Fatalities caused by falls from elevation is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for workers, with over 600 workers dying annually and almost 50,000 injured each year due to falls from elevation.  All these deaths and...

It’s a Small Safety World After All

It’s a Small Safety World After All

As a senior safety consultant with The EI Group, Inc., my travels take me all over the country, ensuring clients are complying with OSHA regulations and their workplaces and employees are kept safe. While EI’s clients can be found far and wide, at times I am reminded that the EHS world...

To Knot or Not to Knot (Our Apologies to Shakespeare)

To Knot or Not to Knot (Our Apologies to Shakespeare)

With their new standard, 1910.140-Personal Fall Protection Equipment, OSHA has met a critical need for general industry employers who have employees performing work at heights. Much of the new standard is old-hat…information we were already familiar with as a result of applying fall...

March is Ladder Safety Month

March is Ladder Safety Month

Why do we need yet another special “awareness” month, especially for something as simple as a ladder?  The CDC reports that approximately 20% of general industry worker fall injuries and 81% of construction worker fall injuries treated in US emergency departments (EDs) involve a ladder....

The New Standard on Walking and Working Surfaces

The New Standard on Walking and Working Surfaces

The newly revised standard on walking and working surfaces was published on November 18, 2016 and is set to go into effect on January 17, 2017. The rule is too extensive to cover in its entirety in a blog so we’ll just provide you with the Reader’s Digest version here and perhaps some of...

Scaffolding Fatalities – A Preventable Loss

Scaffolding Fatalities – A Preventable Loss

The have been several fatal construction scaffolding incidents reported recently in the news. Unfortunately, this is far too common. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reports an average of 55 fatalities occur from scaffolds and staging each year...