Fall Hazards and Prevention

Recommended Course Length:  90-120 minutes

Recommended Audiences: 

  • Appropriate for all persons who handle grain and work around grain handling equipment
  • Commercial Elevator employees, managers, supervisors
  • Farm owners, operators, supervisors, employees;
  • Farm Bureau managers/staff, Extension educators, and agribusiness leaders and employees
  • Temporary and migrant workers
  • Youth employees
  • Appropriate for a general audience as basic concepts are transferable to other general height work and other agribusinesses (such as orchards, etc).

Course Description:  Working at heights is an inherent factor of grain handling.  Course provides more in-depth information about fall hazards in and around grain handling structures.  Content focuses on how to work safely at heights, covering ladder safety, fall protection systems, anchor points and other characteristics of height work.    Discusses ladders, legs, catwalks and other height related structures as well as slip and trip hazards.  Content focuses on proper identification, prevention, maintenance and correction of hazards.  It examines basic safety steps, “Best Practices”, and OSHA standards.  Course discusses the difference between fall arrest and fall protection and other personal protective equipment, and how to incorporate equipment and “Best Practices” into daily job tasks.  Concepts presented are transferable to other agribusiness related height work and to general use.

Basic Goals:

  1. Participants will be able to identify common height related hazards found in and around grain handling facilities, storage structures and equipment.
  2. Participants will be able to identify appropriate preventive and corrective action for common height hazards.
  3. Participants will be able to implement basic safety strategies and “Best Practices” in their workplace.

Participants will understand the difference between fall arrest and fall protection systems and the appropriate use for each.

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