Gravity, you and fall protection. Or know before you go.

Gravity is everywhere.  Now there’s a profound statement.  My whole life, I was reminded of gravity whenever I fell or tripped.  I suspect this is applies of all people.

This knowledge applies especially to those who work at heights.  If your job involves working on:  ladders, scaffolding or other elevated working surfaces understanding that fall protection (railings or personal fall arrest equipment) can help you avoid injury from a fall is most important.  The human body is not designed to safely absorb a fall impact.    The best protective step is to avoid the fall.

Check out OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide at

Where do fall hazards exist:  Roofs, roof openings, roof skylights, holes in floors, elevated leading edges, ladders, scaffolds, unguarded stairs, elevated platforms, pits, wells, unprotected ramps and runways, bridge decking.  Know before you go.