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If employees work with scaffolding, make sure you have a fall protection plan

by , 18 February 2014
Just yesterday, two men were injured; one of them critically, when they fell from scaffolding in the Tongaat CBD, News24 reports. Proof that if your workers use scaffolding, you need to have a fall protection plan in place...

In the report, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha says 'the men were working when they fell several metres and landed on an elevated area. Paramedics and firemen immobilised the patients in specialised stretchers before using a rope system to lower them to the road level.'

While the cause the incident isn't known, what we do know for sure is that work in elevated heights is dangerous and that's why you need a fall protection plan.

In fact, the Health & Safety Advisor says if your employees work in any situation where there's a risk of falling, you must have a fall protection plan. Judging from the Tongaat incident, we can fully conclude that working on a scaffold means there's a risk of falling.

Read on for how a fall protection plan will help protect employees who work with scaffolding...

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Here's how a fall protection plan will help protect employees who work with scaffolding

The words 'fall protection plan' shouldn't intimidate you. This is simply a document that's drafted tohelp prevent falls and protect employees who work at heights.

'The plan includes a description of the work to be done (at heights), the hazards associated with the work and how to manage the risks these hazards pose,' adds the Advisor.

And when it comes to a fall protection plan, it's important that a competent person drafts this plan for you.

The bottom line is that having a fall protection plan is a legal requirement. So make sure you have this plan to help protect your employees if they work in elevated positions, like working with scaffolding.

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