Oct 04, 2021
Prevent Simple Recordable Injuries: Prevent Falls
The Center for Construction and Research Training (CPWR) often reminds employers to train proper use of fall-arrest gear and fall protection equipment. Asphalt contractors probably consider this great information for use around the asphalt plant or during plant maintenance, and that’s right. But don’t forget the dangers of falling when climbing on or off paving equipment.
According to CPWR, 74 workers died falling from equipment during 2011-2016. That’s 74 workers too many. Here are the tips they shared to keep fall prevention top of mind for equipment operators.
- Set the parking brake to prevent equipment from moving.
- Use hand and step holds—maintain three points of contact.
- Wear shoes that provide support and traction.
- Avoid carrying tools or materials when climbing on or off.
- Keep step and hand holds clear of mud, grease, asphalt, etc.
- Do not jump off equipment.
As an extra note, be sure to use fall-arrest gear when cleaning or performing other maintenance on equipment if you’ll be leaving the ground. It may seem time-consuming to put on the harness and short lanyard just to clean the windshield of a haul truck or sweeper, but it will be more so if a misstep sends you crashing to the ground.
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