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They don’t call it fall for nothing

By Melissa Babcock

Every season has its hazards. Wintertime in Alberta means sub-arctic temperatures and several feet of ice-cold, slippery snow. Spring means snow mold, allergies and enough puddles to soak through several pairs of socks. Summer means bug bites, sunburns and potential heat stroke. And finally, fall in Alberta means… falling leaves in pretty colours?

That doesn’t sound so threatening. Until you remember that with those rapidly falling leaves comes eaves troughs that need cleaning out – usually from atop a high ladder. And Christmas lights that need to be hung and exterior windows that need to be washed before the snow starts flying. Not to mention wrapping up any outdoor work before winter arrives, especially in industries where falling can be a hazard.

If you see this sign, pay attention!

If you see this sign, pay attention!

Falling is a common source of occupational injuries and is typically caused by slippery, unstable surfaces, unsecured edges, poorly positioned ladders and misused (or unused) fall protection. So how can you protect yourself from a fall injury?

  • Before you start work, look around for anything that could trip you up and cause you to fall. Identify and remove all potential hazards.
  • If you’re working on a ladder, make sure your ladder is secure and stabilized on a flat surface before you climb. And NEVER stand on the top rung of a ladder.
  • When you’re on a roof or any surface high off the ground, wear fall protection at all times. And ensure your fall protection equipment is safe and free of defects before use.
  • Pick up after yourself! Make sure any cords, hoses or ropes are stored safely and not lying about in anyone’s work area.

Falls can happen anytime, at work or at home, so it’s important to make sure you’re taking the proper safety precautions. Don’t suffer a fall this fall!

Have you ever fallen and injured yourself? Tell us your story by leaving a comment, or send us a tweet @HeadsUpAB.

One Response to “They don’t call it fall for nothing”

  1. […] could be guard rails, a fall arrest harness, or soft landing systems. Check out Melissa’s blog post  to find out more on falls and fall […]

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