Harness Hero is a Free App that Teaches Proper Personal Fall Protection Use

Falls continue to be the number one leading cause of death on construction sites across the country, accounting for around 40% each year. Even if you can convince your construction crew to wear personal fall arrest systems each time they’re required, proper training is required to select the correct type of fall protection and the anchor points, as well as performing proper inspections of the equipment.  An app called Harness Hero is trying to help solve the latter problem.

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OSHA Releases 7 Videos To Help Prevent Falls in Construction

via OSHA, through  YouTube

via OSHA, through YouTube

Falls have long been the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry, accounting for nearly 40% on an annual basis. Unsurprisingly, OSHA also issues the most citations for falls, and 2 different fall protection standards were on their top 10 most frequently cited violations list of 2018. To help build awareness and in an effort to reduce the number of deaths caused by falls, OSHA has released 6 videos and several other resources for employers.

In addition to the videos, posted below, OSHA has also announced that the 6th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held from May 6 to May 10th in 2019.  That event encourages employers across the country to take some time out of their days to discuss the seriousness of fall protection.

A 24-page Fall Prevention Training Guide has also been released as part of their outreach program. It contains a roadmap for how and when to use fall prevention toolbox talks, as well as a variety of other useful information for training your employees.

Fact sheets for both ladders and scaffolding are available, as well.  In the ladders category, extension ladders, job-made wooden ladders, and stepladders all have their own individual fact sheets. In the scaffolding category, narrow frame scaffolds, ladder jack scaffolds, and tube and coupler scaffolds all have their own individual fact sheets.

Now on to the videos.  I’m a huge fan of videos, because I think providing visuals is hugely important for knowledge retention and many of us in the construction industry are visual learners.

Floor Openings

Skylights

Fixed Scaffolds

Bridge Decking

Reroofing

Leading Edge Work

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