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Course 805 - Fall Protection in Construction

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Modules: 9
Hours: 8
Sector: Construction

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Course 805 Fall Protection in Construction

Key Topics

  • Common Construction Fall Causes
  • Preparing to Prevent Falls
  • Fall Protection Hierarchy of Controls
  • Competent and Qualified Persons
  • Identifying and Evaluating Construction Fall Hazards
  • Risk: Frequency vs. Exposure to Falls
  • Safe Ladder Practices
  • Supported and Suspended Access
  • Safe Practices on Scaffolds
  • Fall Protection Platforms
  • Personal Fall Arrest/Restraint Systems
  • Training Requirements
  • PFAS Equipment Inspection
  • PFAS Equipment Maintenance
  • Rescue at Height

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Contractor

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Course Introduction

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Go to any construction site and watch those who are working above a lower level. Should they be wearing fall protection? Should they be protected by fall protection systems? Should they be using fall protection methods? Do they need fall protection training? Are they following fall protection rules? Fall protection is a concept that's hard to describe. Ask 10 people what fall protection means, and you're likely to get 10 different answers. Is it possible to make sense of fall protection? We think so.

It's important that you be familiar with OSHA's fall protection standards to help save lives and avoid OSHA citations. Click on the image to the right for OSHA's top 10 most cited violations for 2019 and you will see that fall protection ranks as the number one most commonly cited violation!

OSHA Standard for Fall Protection

In the construction industry in the U.S., falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities. Each year over 150 are killed, and more than 100,000 are injured due to falls at construction sites. OSHA recognizes that fall accidents may be complex events that frequently involve a variety of factors. Consequently, fall protection standards deal with human and equipment-related issues in protecting workers from fall hazards.

OSHA has revised its construction industry safety standards and developed systems and procedures designed to prevent employees from falling off, onto, or through working levels and to protect employees from being struck by falling objects. The performance-oriented requirements make it easier for employers to provide the necessary protection. The rule covers most construction workers except those inspecting, investigating, or assessing construction worksite conditions prior to the actual start of work or after all work has been completed.

This course is intended primarily for construction-industry employers, employees, and others who don't have a professional background in fall protection and who want to see the "big picture." The course covers the safe practices in 29 CFR 1926, Subpart M - Fall Protection for the construction.


Special thanks to Oregon OSHA Technical Resources for producing the primary source document for this training, Fall Protection for the Construction Industry.

Additional references:

Fall Protection in Construction (OSHA 3146)

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