Slips and Falls...
  • Falls from elevation can lead to serious injury or death!

  • Slips and falls are the leading cause of Workers' Compensation claims

  • 22% of slip/falls result in 31+ days away from work

  • Compensation/medical costs on employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion a year

  • Are the leading cause of compensable injury in the trucking industry

  • Falls from elevation equate to 40% of compensable fall cases & 10% of occupational fatalities

  • OSHA requires fall protection for elevated loading docks

  • OSHA can write citations and levy fines for non-compliance

OSHA Regulation 1910.29(b1)(b2)(b3)(b4)

 - A Smooth-surfaced top rail at a height above floor, platform, runway

   or ramp level of 42, plus or minus 3"

 - A strength to withstand at least the minimum requirement of 200 lbs top    rail pressure;

 - Protection between top rail and floor, platform, runway, ramp, or stair        treads, equivalent at least to that afforded by a standard intermediate

   rail.

OSHA General Duty Clause

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

of 1970, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that "is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees." The courts have interpreted OSHA's general duty clause to mean that an employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that either the employer or industry recognizes as hazardous and that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate the hazard!

Safety Corner 
Dock Worker
Fork Lift on Dock