Regulations On Fall Protection


2 min read
17 Jul





The following is an exert of Government regulations regarding fall protection: If you use our safety tools, they meet them, or there is no requirement. See below


Fall Protection Hierarchy of Controls

For safe work practices, follow this hierarchy of controls. (Actions at the top of the list reduce risks more than controls lower down on the list.)

  1. Avoid work at height if possible.
  2. If work at height cannot be avoided, use work equipment to prevent falls:
    • 1st choice is vehicle-based systems - Our Tarping station, strap thrower and tarp folder stay with the vehicle
    • 2nd choice is on-site systems
  3. Where risk of a fall cannot be eliminated, use work equipment to minimize the distance and consequences of a fall. - With our safety tools, not needed
  4. Always consider measures (such as platforms and guardrails) that protect everyone at risk before measures (such a safety harness) that only protect the individual. - With our safety tools, not needed

Safe Work Procedure? Tarping a load

  1. Use personal protective equipment (PPE)
    1. safety glasses
    2. gloves that fit well and allow good dexterity
    3. high visibility vest
    4. hard hat
    5. good traction-control shoes with ankle support
  2. Climb load
    1. Have a forklift operator place the tarp on the load. - With our safety tools, not needed
    2. Follow ladder safety procedure: - With our safety tools, not needed
      • Use a spotter to hold ladder while climbing.- With our safety tools, not needed
      • Inspect side rails and rungs before climbing.- With our safety tools, not needed
      • Extend ladder 3 feet (1 metre) above load.- With our safety tools, not needed
      • Maintain 3 point contact with ladder.- With our safety tools, not needed
      • Use caution when transitioning to/from ladder.- With our safety tools, not needed
    3. Watch for open or uneven sections of the load.
  3. Unfold tarp
    1. Position tarp on the back of the load.- With our safety tools, not needed
    2. Never walk backward.- With our safety tools, not needed
    3. Watch for holes in load.- With our safety tools, not needed
    4. Work from hands and knees near load edges.- With our safety tools, not needed
    5. Carefully unfold the tarp and drop over sides.- With our safety tools, not needed
    6. Fasten near folds from the top of the load.- With our safety tools, not needed
  4. Fasten tarp
    1. Wear safety glasses.
    2. Use a bungee to help hold the tarp ?helping hand.?
    3. Pull bungee away from your face and body.
    4. Keep your fingers away from pinch points.
    5. Turn hooks so they face away from tarp.
  5. Remove tarp
    1. Grab one corner and yank up to get air under the tarp.
    2. Use a steady, balanced, tug-of war pull.
    3. Get the tarp neat, flat, and square to make it easy to fold.- With our safety tools, not needed
    4. Work smart? Drag tarp to storage area.- With our safety tools, not needed
    5. Use proper lifting techniques or forklift to lift tarp.
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