Oregon had an 11% increase in fall fatalities in 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and 1,150 injuries reported due to a fall to a lower level that same year. Oregon OSHA reports that from 2014 to 2018, 6,187 fall to a lower level disability claims in construction were accepted. To help reduce those occurrences, Oregon added a construction fall protection course to its online Fall Protection Suite.
The Fall Protection Suite is a set of online training courses offered by Oregon OSHA. The courses offer comprehensive training on working safely at heights for general industry and construction including Fall Protection Fundamentals, Ladder Safety, Fall Protection for Roofing, and now Fall Protection for Construction.
The Fall Protection for Construction course is designed to educate employers and workers on maintaining their operations in compliance with Oregon OSHA fall protection standards. The multimedia course features insights from industry leaders and practical demonstrations highlighting relevant requirements and explaining terms and process.? Fall protection system equipment options are explained including fall restraint, fall arrest, self-retracting lifelines (SRLs), positioning devices, and guardrails. Common construction fall hazards and their resolutions are discussed including leading edge, sharp edge, framing, scaffolding, and holes & openings.
“This new course reflects Oregon OSHA’s ongoing commitment to expand our educational offerings in a way that fits the busy schedules of employers and workers, and that helps them maintain safe workplaces,” said Roy Kroker, consultation and public education manager for Oregon OSHA.