Falls are the leading cause of death in construction


As a part of ‘Safety Week 2019’ we’d like to remind our members the importance of fall protection in the workplace.

Employees under OSHA General Duty Clause have a right to a safe and healthful workplace. Toward that end, OSHA mandates that all employers in construction provide fall protection to workers as stated in 1910.28 and Subpart M of 1926. 

“Unprotected sides and edges.” Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling using guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems. Fall protection and arrest systems must be installed, maintained and inspected by a competent person.

Employees utilizing harnesses, a retractable, lanyards and other fall arrest devices must inspect equipment prior to use. All defective equipment should be removed from service immediately. 

To prevent injuries and fatalities employers must train all workers who are exposed to fall hazards. Training must be documented in addition to a written fall protection plan accessible to all employees. 

A culture of Safety is very necessary to ensure that each worker return home to their families at the end of each work day. Join us in helping our industry achieve zero injuries and fatalities. We can achieve this simply by training, proper work procedures and oversight. 

As the Director of Safety at ABC Greater Baltimore, it is my goal and purpose to increase fall protection awareness for all members. As a member of ABC, I am your resource for all things safety. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for training, questions or assistance. 

For more information on #SafetyWeek2019 visit here.

Gene Cobb
ABC Safety Director