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Fall prevention fact sheet.

Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-142, 2012 Apr; :1-4
Falls from ladders can be prevented: 1. Choose the right ladder for the job; 2. Maintain three points of contact; 3. Secure the ladder; 4. Always face the ladder. 5. Don't over-reach; 6. Don't stand on top or on the top step of a stepladder; 7. Don't place the ladder on unlevel footing. Falls from scaffolds can be prevented: 1. Use fully planked scaffolds; 2. Ensure proper access to scaffold; 3. Plumb and level; 4. Complete ALL guardrails; 5. Ensure stable footing; 6. Inspect before use (by competent person); 7. Don't use a ladder on top of a scaffold; 8. Don't stand on guardrails; 9. Don't climb cross-braces. Falls from roofs can be prevented: 1. Wear a harness and always stay connected; 2. Make sure your harness fits; 3. Use guardrails or lifelines; 4. Inspect all fall protection equipment before use; 5. Guard or cover all holes, openings, and skylights; 6. Don't disconnect from the lifeline; 7. Don't work around unprotected openings or skylights; 8. Don't use defective equipment. Plan ahead to get the job done safely. Provide the right equipment. Train everyone to use the equipment safely.
Fall-protection; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Ladders; Scaffolds; Roofing-industry; Roofers; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-142; B05102012
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division