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COATINGSPRO MAY 2016 39 must be built on the foundation of safe equipment. As such, all personal fall arrest equipment must be properly maintained and serviced to ensure maximum worker safety. 2. A lways begin w ith a thorough visual inspection of fall protec- tion equipment before each and ever y use. Check for any defec- tive equipment, and be sure to document the results in an inspec- tion log such as this one: http:// api.capitalsafety.com/api/assets/ dow nload/1/9176767. 3. Immediately replace any component that looks damaged. 4. Stay up to date on all training courses. Your company's competent person should be able to advise you throughout the process, and he or she should also conduct regular inspections to check for wear on the equipment at least once per year. 5. If you are diligent in inspecting and updating your fall protection and dropped object prevention tools, keeping them clean, and storing them properly, they should perform properly in the event you or your tools fall from heights. Safety isn't something that can be bought. It's a culture that starts at the top and must be ingrained in safe work practices by employees every day. If senior management demonstrates an earnest commitment to safety, so will their employees. Too often companies only invest in safety after a tragic event occurs. A lthough most companies now recog- nize the hazards of working at heights, the next step is for them to realize that fall protection and dropped object prevention must be addressed before — not after — an incident to help improve the personal safety of workers while working at heights. CP Mark Caldwell is t he d irector of Fa l l Protect ion for Tools. A s t he for mer CEO of Py t hon Safet y, Ca ldwel l d r ives t he st rateg ic v ision and d irect ion of 3M's Py t hon Safet y business unit. Py t hon Safet y was acqu ired by Capita l Safet y in early 2015. T i m T h o m p s o n i s t h e p ro d u c t m a n a g e r for s of t g o o d s i n N or t h A m e r i c a . T ho m p s o n i s re s p o n s i b l e for t h e d i re c t i o n of C a p i t a l S a fe t y 's h a r n e s s e s , l a ny a rd s , b e l t s , a nd a c c e s- s or i e s . H e l e a d s a t e a m t o i d e nt i f y a nd d e v e l o p n e w o p p or t u n i t i e s t o b e t t e r s e r v e c u s t o m e r s t h ro u g h c l o s e c u s t o m e r i nt e r a c t i o n , e f fe c t i v e c o m mu n i c a t i o n s , a nd m a r k e t e x a m i n a t i o n . For m ore i n for m a t i o n , c o nt a c t : C a p i t a l S a fe t y, w w w. c a p i t a l s a fe t y. c o m Safety Watch Wr i te in Re ad e r In q u ir y #106 Wr i te in Re ad e r In q u ir y #369

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