Friday, July 07, 2006

Defining Managed Fall Protection

Toward reducing falls in the workplace ...

"Proposed revisions to the ANSI Z359 family of standards establish a comprehensive, managed approach to fall protection.

Falls account for 8 percent of all fatal occupational injuries from trauma and some 36 percent of construction fatalities. Causes of fatal falls can include unstable working surfaces, misuse of fall arrest equipment and systems and human error due to lack of training.

Members of the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Z359 committee hope the proposed revision of the voluntary standards will provide employers, employees working at heights, supervisors, fall protection program managers and system and equipment designers and engineers with the standardized approach they need to develop effective fall protection management programs.

"We don't want corporations buying one component of the standards, although they can," says Randall Wingfield, president and owner of Bainbridge Island, Wash.-based Gravitec Systems Inc. and chairman of ANSI Z359. "It's an entire family of documents that can be used to develop a full, managed, fall protection program."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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