Brothers and Sisters,
This week is the AFL-CIO’s National Stand Down Week, Preventing Falls in Construction, Monday June 2nd thru Friday June 6th. The attached
information should be copied and made available to members at Union meetings and forwarded to them with this e-mail.
Injuries and fatalities due to improper use and non-use of Fall Protection count for many injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. By adhering to the six subjects, those injuries and fatalities will be reduced.
Whenever fall protection is needed, make sure you have the right fall-protection system, know how it works, get trained to use it – and use it. Where eliminating the hazard, guardrails, or safety nets won’t work, you need personal protective equipment (PPE) – fall-restraint systems, personal fall-arrest systems, or work positioning systems (on rebar). Restraint systems keep you from falling. Fall-arrest systems stop falls. You will need a full-body harness if you use one of these systems and when required by your company Safety Policy. A full-body harness has straps worn around your trunk and thighs, with one or more D-rings in back to attach the harness to other parts of the system. If you fall, a properly fitted harness spreads the stopping force over your thighs, pelvis, chest, and shoulders.
Choosing a Harness
Learn about the types of fall hazards on your job. Choose the right type of fall protection for each type of fall hazard. Never use a body belt, seat only harness, or chest-only harness for fall protection. Use a full-body harness instead as required by your company Safety Policy.
The employer must fit and train each worker for the equipment to be used. A competent person must train workers at risk of falling about types of fall hazards, how to protect yourself, and other hazards and limitations in using fall protection.
Using a Harness
Follow manufacturers’ instructions for wearing harnesses. Your employer must keep these instructions so you can see them when you ask.
Inspect your equipment before each use. A competent person should inspect it at least once each year. Follow all manufacturer instructions about inspecting, caring for, and storing the equipment.
Maintenance and Storage
To help keep you safe, fall-protection equipment must be stored the right way. The employer should maintain and store the equipment, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Store equipment away from heat, light, dampness, oil, chemicals, or other damaging conditions. Hang each harness by the back D-ring to help keep the shape when not in use. Take special questions, which may arise because of job conditions, to the employer.
Preventing falls from scaffolding can be as easy as following the 6 points below:
o Provide an access ladder
o Only use scaffold grade lumber
o Install guardrails and toe boards on all scaffolding 10 foot or more above the ground
o Make sure the scaffold is able to support four times the maximum intended load (including the weight of the scaffold)
o Make sure the scaffold is level by using screw jacks on base plates and mudsills
o Keep scaffold within 14 inches of the walls
There are five major causes for extension-ladder fall incidents:
o Incorrect ladder setup angle
o Inappropriate ladder selection
o Insufficient ladder inspection
o Improper ladder use
o Lack of access to ladder safety tools and information
The extension ladder safety APP works with Apple and Android devices.
Visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/falls/mobileapp.html or your APP Store to download.
Please visit The IUEC Memorial Page. It can be found at: https://www.iuec.org/index.php/my-iuec/memorial-page/
When visiting jobsites, attending Union meetings and in the course of your normal day, be sure to speak of preventing falls with all our members. Find out from them what we can do as an organization to help prevent these types of accidents from happening.
This month you will see the first addition of The IUEC calendar to The Journal. The calendar lists the names of members were lost over the years during the month due to an On The Job Fatality. If you know of a Brother/Sister who lost their life on the job and they are not listed, please contact Anita with the information. As always, please share this information with your members.
IUEC Safety Committee
It is the mission of the IUEC Safety Committee to improve the Elevator Constructor’s
sense of awareness to daily hazards present in the workplace.
General Executive Assistant
International Union of Elevator Constructors