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COATINGSPRO SAFETY 2018 13 Better Safe Than Sorry Even with the proper safety equipment and access choices, human factors should also be addressed. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 40 percent of fatal falls occur from 15 feet (4.6 m) or lower. "It's such a common height to fall from because even though fall protection is required, the distance doesn't seem far off the ground, resulting in non-compliance," said Ray Prest, marketing manager at SafeStart. "Complacency and the normalization of risk lull experienced workers into a false sense of safety — and lead them to take riskier actions. Huge elevations can quickly become familiar, even comfortable, which leads to not giving smaller heights a second thought. Tools and other objects fall for the same reason." Prest says that while tethered tools and fall arrest harnesses are excellent solutions in many cases, the decisions to use them properly and consistently can be comprised by complacency. As a result, SafeStart offers its "Raising the Bar — a Safety Guide to Working at Heights" as a free publication detailing strategies to address these factors. "A good behavioral program is required to reduce compla- cency and normalization of risk," Prest said. "Follow-up measures, such as toolbox talks, safety posters, and conver- sations with supervisors, are also necessary to maintain the knowledge learned in training and to help people realize that they play an important role in the safety of others." Aside from PPE, some risks come with simply reaching high elevations in the first place. Companies such as BrandSafway (by Safway Group) and Safespan are among the many providers of scaffolding systems used by contractors to allow workers access to hard-to-reach aerial locations. Ground-based scaffolding gets more expensive as elevations increase, which is why suspended scaffolding becomes a more efficient solution. Based on that, BrandSafway's QuikDeck suspended access system was designed with easy installation and safety in mind. Its rigid, sturdy platforms provide stable, factory-floor-like VENDOR TEAM 3M 3M Center St. Paul, MN 55144 (800) 364-3577 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 1899 L St. NW Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 293-8020 Apollo Safety 57 Walnut St. Fall River, MA 02720 (508) 673-2544 BrandSafway by Safway Group N19 W24200 Riverwood Dr. Waukesha, WI 53188 (262) 523-6500 Bullard 1898 Safety Way Cynthiana, KY 41031 (877) 285-5273 Capital Safety by 3M 3833 SALA Way Red Wing, MN 55066 (651) 388-8282 Carhartt 5750 Mercury Dr. Dearborn, MI 48126 (800) 833-3118 Carolina Glove & Safety Company P.O. Box 999 Conover, NC 28613 (800) 335-1918 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 (800) 232-4636 COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS 170 Andrew Dr. Stockbridge, GA 30281 (800) 345-3176 Edge Eyewear P.O. Box 845 Layton, UT 84041 (801) 444-9396 Elk River P.O. Box 1770 Cullman, AL 35056 (800) 633-3954 Ergodyne 1201 Bandana Blvd. E, Ste. 220 Saint Paul, MN 55108 (800) 225-8238 Fluid Power Safety Institute P.O. Box 711201 Salt Lake City, UT 84171 (801) 908-5456 Gear Keeper by Hammerhead Industries 1501 Goodyear Ave., Ste. C Ventura, CA 93003 (888) 588-9981 Guardian Fall Protection 6305 S 231st St. Kent, WA 98032 (800) 466-6385 International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) 1901 N Moore St. #808 Arlington, VA 22209 (705) 525-1695 Iron Age Footwear by Warson 9200 Olive Blvd., Ste. 222 St. Louis, MO 63132 (877) 753-2426 "A good behavioral program is required to reduce complacency and normalization of risk," said SafeStart's Ray Prest. Whether working at heights or on the ground, continuing the safety discussion can play an important role.

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