Don’t Be Fooled By These Common Fall Protection Myths and Misconceptions
In the construction industry, falls are the number one cause of death. In fact, lack of proper fall protection remains the number one most frequent OSHA violation. The fact is, many contractors think their experience overrides their need for reliable fall protection. But you never know when equipment could malfunction or you could take one small misstep and suffer from a serious injury as a result. Here are just a few of the most common myths and misconceptions about fall protection that all construction workers should be aware of.
Fall protection isn’t needed if contractors don’t work on roofing very often.
It’s a common misconception that contractors only need fall protection if they consistently work at high heights. But the fact is, it only takes one slip up for a serious injury to occur, so whether a contractor works at high heights once a week, once a month, or even once a year, they still have some risk of injury unless they are protected with a reliable chain sling.
Fall protection just isn’t very reliable.
While there are many different types of fall protection equipment available, much of it is incredibly durable and has a lifetime warranty. The only time you should be wary is when buying unauthorized or unclear products that were manufactured in China, as these products and brands typically don’t go through as many quality assurance tests, if any.
Fall protection is too expensive.
As mentioned, it only takes one fall to sustain a serious and potentially life-threatening injury. That being said, while fall protection equipment certainly requires an upfront investment, the money you can save on other expenses, e.g. medical bills, insurance claims, and even lawsuits, is significant. But more importantly, the injuries you could prevent and the livelihood you could preserve in an employee is something you just can’t put a price on.
Fall protection measures for general industry regulations were first published by OSHA in 1971, and understanding the truth behind these myths can help you make the best decisions for your own personal safety. For more information fall protection equipment like about chain slings and cable railing supplies, contact American Cable and Rigging Supply.