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Engineered Fall Protection Equipment and OSHA Fall Protection Training

For over 10 years, FHS has been a leading supplier and installer of engineered fall protection systems in the U.S., as well as a distributor of fall protection soft goods like harnesses, lanyards, self-retracting lifelines, scaffolding and netting. All of our engineered systems and products meet or exceed the federal criteria required by OSHA and ANSI and can be customized with your individual fall protection and financial needs in mind.

We specialize in site analysis and evaluation, as well as employee training for equipment installed or products sold. We also offer general fall protection training, system inspection, documentation storage, and procedure development, like rescue plans.

FHS is a master distributor for Capital Safety, 3M, Honeywell Miller, Gorbel, and Rigid Lifelines. We also build custom fall protection solutions in-house. With this vast array of manufacturers and in-house capabilities, we are able to provide the best products for the best price to meet your specific fall protection needs.


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Why Do We Need Fall Protection?

  • Falls to a lower level represent the single most dangerous injury in the general construction industry.

  • (666) Workers were killed in 2011 from slips and falls in the general construction industry which accounted for 14% of fatal work injuries in the United States. Out of those falls, 17% of them occurred from a height of 10’ or less and 19% occurred from a height of 30’ or less.

  • (472) Workers were killed in 2011 from being struck by objects, 46% of them were struck from falling objects.

  • In 2011 the construction industry accounted for the second most workplace fatalities not far behind the first being the transportation industry.

  • Falls are the “leading” cause of nonfatal unintentional injuries that are treated in Hospital ER departments.

  • Although settlements involving fatalities from falls in the workplace vary by situation and circumstance, the average amount paid out by an employer starts around $1.3 million.

  • The average workers chances of dying from a fall related injury are 1/171

  • On average workers compensation claims for an employee injured from a fall are between $40,000.00 – $50,000.00 unless that injury involves head trauma which it then starts at $85,000.00 and goes up.

  • Injuries involved in a fall are the fifth leading cause of days missed from work which is an average of 3 weeks.

  • These five regulations are among the most commonly cited by OSHA during a typical inspection:
    1. 501(b)(1) Unprotected sides & edges (1718)
    2. 501(b)(13) Fall protection – Residential construction 6’ or more (1659)
    3. 503(a)(1) Fall hazards training program (1055)
    4. 501(b)(10) Fall protection – Roofing work on low-slope roofs (516)
    5. 501(b)(11) Fall protection – Steep roofs (305)

  • Each employee engaged working at a height of 6’ or more must be protected from falls by:
    • Guardrail systems
    • Safety nets
    • Personal fall arrest or fall restraint

  • If employer can demonstrate infeasibility or greater hazard, a fall plan must be developed – burden of proof is on employer.

  • Anchorage points and horizontal lifelines involving Fall Arrest systems must have the following:
    • Must support 5000 lbs. per employee.
    • Be designed by a qualified person.
    • Have a safety factor of 2.
    • Limit employee fall to 6’ & not contact lower work/walk surface

  • Here are just a few fall related settlements compliments of (LawyersandSettlements.com):
    • Roofer Injured in Fall Awarded $16.6 Million (Miami, FL. Nov-24-10)
    • Steelworker’s Death – Prost Builders Inc. and Pro Building Solutions Inc. agree to $335,000 settlement after employee falls to his death. (Columbia, NC. Feb-28-08)
    • Safety Violations Murphy Oil USA Inc. to pay $179,100 settlement in occupational safety violations lawsuit. (Superior, WI. Feb-26-08)
    • Bridge Painter Aetna Bridge Co. pays painter $5.5 million personal injury settlement after falling 55 feet onto concrete. (Providence, RI. Jan-30-08)
    • Construction Companies Construction suffers fall on job, receives a $1.5 million settlement. (New York, NY. Mar-9-07)
    • $3,500,000 settlement for the death of a construction worker who fell from a building during construction as a result of improper safeguards and inadequate fall protection. (www.anesilaw.com)
    • $3,850,000 settlement for an ironworker who fractured his heel and an ankle in a fall. (www.anesilaw.com)
    • $1,650,000 settlement for a millwright who fractured his heels and pelvis in a fall from a ladder. (www.anesilaw.com)


    Call 1-800-664-3380 for a free consultation!

    We will visit your location and discuss engineered fall arrest / restraint solutions that meet your specific needs.



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