Fall protection is a critical part of workplace safety and constantly evolving. As new technologies and methods emerge, fall protection systems become more advanced and effective. In the coming years, we expect continued innovation in this area, with new products and solutions that make it easier and safer for workers to protect themselves from falls. Here are five fall protection trends to keep an eye on:
1) Increased use of fall protection equipment
With the continued emphasis on safety in the construction industry, we expect a corresponding increase in fall protection equipment, including body harnesses and lanyards to anchor points and horizontal lifelines. By mandating that employers provide fall protection for workers, OSHA has helped to increase awareness of the dangers of falls and has encouraged employers to take steps to protect their workers. In addition, more workers are becoming aware of the risks of falls and are taking steps to protect themselves, including using fall protection products when working at heights.
2) More emphasis on safety training and education
As fall protection becomes more commonplace, we can expect a greater emphasis on safety training and education. For example, OSHA requires employers to provide construction workers with proper fall protection equipment and train them on how to use it safely. In addition, safety training will become increasingly important when workers are exposed to fall hazards to ensure that they are aware of the dangers of working at height, how to prevent a fall, and what to do in the instance of a fall.
3) Growth of the e-commerce fall protection market
The construction industry can expect the e-commerce fall protection market to grow significantly in the next few years as more companies turn to online shopping. Here are a few things to remember when purchasing fall protection online:
- Make sure to do your research and choose a reputable retailer. Many fly-by-night operations sell inferior products.
- Read the product descriptions carefully to ensure the product you’re considering is appropriate for your needs.
- Don’t hesitate to contact customer service with any questions you may have.
Purchasing fall protection online can be a great way to get the needed equipment without leaving the job site. Just be sure to do your homework to find the right product.
4) Improved technology and engineering
Fall protection equipment is evolving, with new materials and designs that offer better protection against falls. In recent years, there has been a tendency to use fall protection products that are easier to wear for extended periods. This trend will likely continue in 2022 as manufacturers develop fall protection products that are lighter and more comfortable. In addition, there will be a continued focus on fall protection products that are easy to use and require minimal training—significant in industries where workers constantly move between tasks.
5) Continued development of height safety solutions
Advances in fall protection technology have made it possible for workers to be protected from falls more adequately. As a result, the construction industry should expect OSHA to continue to require employers to provide more effective fall protection equipment for their employees. In addition, OSHA is likely to continue to increase its focus on fall prevention rather than just fall protection. As a result, employers will need to take steps to prevent falls from happening in the first place rather than just relying on protective equipment and devices.
These are just a few trends we anticipate in fall protection. Fall protection is critical to workplace safety, and staying up-to-date on these trends will help ensure that workers are safe when working at height. Don’t hesitate to contact us today if you have any questions about fall protection or these trends. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.