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 experience applies to all of us.

This knowledge applies especially to those who work at heights.  If your job involves working on ladders, roofs, scaffolding or other elevated working surfaces it is critical that you understand fall protection.  Railings or personal fall arrest equipment can help you avoid injury (or death) from a fall.  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.