Site Assessment

Fall hazard control should be carefully implemented through the use of the prescribed hierarchy of Fall Elimination, Prevention, and Arrest. Mitigation of fall hazards takes the continuous, diligent work of a dedicated team who are focused on the goal of working towards a workplace that is free of all recognized hazards. Companies must develop an ironclad fall protection plan that is clear, concise and all encompassing - a plan that is a "living document."

ITAC FPS can provide site assessment services to assist in identifying and prioritizing site-specific fall hazards at your worksite.

During the initial site visit, photographs are taken, applicable work methods are identified, drawing research is accomplished, and necessary field measurements and "as built" condition verifications are performed to gain full appreciation of the hazard(s) associated with work at elevation.

OSU and Ameristeel 042Interviews with the various trades/workers concerned are conducted and pertinent data is collected such as:

  • The population or number of workers exposed to work at elevation for a given work task.
  • The duration or time per exposure.
  • Number of existing environmental factors, i.e., poor lighting, slippery surfaces, noise, etc.
  • Existing control methods utilized (temporary guardrails, fall arrest, no or inadequate controls).
  • Height of the hazard above the walking/working surface.

The aforementioned information is correlated into factors. These factors are then weighted and compiled into a relative risk assessment rating formula that will prioritize hazards in order of greatest level of risk. This quantitative risk calculation will assist in sorting fall hazards for mitigation purposes.

Once identified/quantified, conceptual solutions for each fall hazard are proposed - one for each measure in a prescribed hierarchy of controls:

  • Elimination: Do you really need to go up there?
    Possible Solutions: Move the valve, reroute the ducting, etc.
  • Prevention: Prevent the exposure to the fall hazard.
    Possible Solutions: Guardrails, access or work platforms, etc.
  • Fall Arrest: Plan for the event and minimize the consequences.
    Possible Solutions: Stationary anchorage points, horizontal/vertical lifelines.

A suitable rescue method for each control is provided for consideration. Rough order of magnitude cost estimates for each conceptual solution are given for client capital appropriation initiatives.

A hazard summary report deliverable containing all the aforementioned items is compiled and furnished to the client for review and comment.

Based upon client selections/suggestions, the report will serve as the basis for a final engineering package and subsequent construction work scope.

Consulting

2005 0330 011810ITAC FPS consults with you and your workforce in order to obtain a fall hazard solution that exceeds the needs of the end user without hampering or compromising work practices or methods.

Consulting with the end user(s) in the design development is paramount to the success of positive fall protection. Workers involved in this process are more apt to take ownership in the end product thus leading to a fall protection system geared towards specific needs and one that is actively utilized during daily work activities.

Whether it's your site's fall protection program, specific fall protection systems or the training of your staff and worker's - ITAC FPS is here to consult with you and assist in the never ending effort to protect workers from falls due to gravity.

 

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