(PRWEB) May 19, 2014
Last month, it was reported that a building contractor in Oklahoma City was cited by OSHA for serious repeat violations and was proposed a fine of over 90,000 dollars. The OSHA inspection, which occurred in November of 2013, found that the company “failed to protect workers from dangerous falls and other serious hazards.” The company was previously cited for the same violations in 2009. The citation was categorized as a serious violation, meaning that there was a “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should’ve known” (from this article).
Falls from heights represent a persistent but preventable source of workplace injuries and fatalities across a wide range of industries. Falls are the second leading cause of workplace deaths, after transportation incidents. Also, falls are the leading cause of construction fatalities. On average, 150 to 200 workers are killed and over 100,000 are injured as a result of falls, each year (source). In 2012, there were 775 construction workers who died on the job, with over 260 of those fatalities resulting from falls (source).
This year in particular, OSHA appears to be focusing more resources on preventing falls. They created a Stop Falls web page, launched an official National Safety Stand-Down website, and have been dispensing more serious fines to organizations who do not ensure the safety of their employees (from this article).
The high risk of injury and fatality is why OSHA requires organizations to implement fall protection training. It is to ensure that workers are being as safe as possible when working at locations where they may be exposed to fall hazards. Proper fall protection training includes recognizing fall hazards, minimizing these hazards with appropriate fall protection systems, and learning about the use and maintenance of fall protection equipment.
Succeed Management Solutions, LLC has created a Fall Protection training course designed to help companies save costs and improve working conditions by reducing risks, protecting lives, and helping to avoid incidents, accidents, and claims. Organizations that make fall protection training an important element of their risk management and workplace safety strategy are better able to drive down the total cost of risk. It can also assist organizations in complying with fall protection regulatory requirements.
This training is available in both English and Spanish and is accessible via the web. It can be assigned and managed through the Training Track™ application of the Risk Management Center, an automated learning management system. Training Track helps organizations maintain accurate training records, and document compliance.
About Succeed Management Solutions
Succeed is the recognized leader in providing web-based Enterprise Risk Management solutions. Thousands of organizations use the Succeed Risk Management Center as a holistic solution to improve their risk management programs, implement web-accessible employee safety training programs, improve regulatory compliance, increase efficiencies, and lower the frequency and severity of claims and associated costs.
The Succeed Risk Management Center contains a suite of software applications that help manage claims and OSHA reporting (Incident Track™), behavior-based safety programs (BBS Track ™), hazard communication and Safety Data Sheets (SDS Track™), Return to Work programs (Job Description Track™), employee training (Training Track™), and third party insurance compliance (COI Track®). Succeed also offers other support services, such as managing Safety Data Sheets and creating custom training courses.
For more information, please view the Fall Protection Training Overview Video.