How to Encourage Your Employees to Use Fall Protection Gear

How to Encourage Your Employees to Use Fall Protection Gear

28th November 2019

Fall protection equipment is essential in preventing many workplace injuries and fatalities. However, there’s been a concern in almost every workplace where some employees are reluctant to use the equipment. To make matters worse, even some competent employees may also become complacent and ignore the company’s fall protection regulations. As an employer, you need to adopt a more comprehensive approach to encourage compliance with all employees. Read on to learn some of the most effective strategies you can implement today.
 
1.    Provide Quality and Easy-To-Use Equipment
Employees are more likely to comply with fall protection equipment regulations if they’re happy and comfortable with the equipment. To enhance this, ensure to provide them with high-performing, easy-to-use equipment that meets the minimum health and safety requirements. A fall protection post, for instance, should be lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and offer 360 degrees of protection with anchor ring(s) for horizontal lifeline systems. 

2.    Create a Culture of “Safety for Safety’s Sake”
Safety should be a top priority culture in your organisation, right from the top management to the junior employees. Your employees will hardly care about workplace safety if you and the supervisors hardly put any effort to enhance safety. You need to enforce the use of fall protection gear, not just because it’s a requirement by the government but because it’s essential for the safety and wellbeing of the company employees. When employees see how you take their safety seriously, they’ll make it a culture to use fall protection gear always where necessary.

3.    Penalise Non-Compliance
When it comes to fall protection, non-compliance should be taken very seriously, regardless of the victim’s rank in the business or your relationship with them. It should be made very clear how employees will be penalised if they fail to abide by the set fall protection regulations. In your organisation policies, you should have no-tolerance policies - which sees immediate dismissal of the employee if caught working without the necessary fall protection equipment near a fall hazard. You may also include a policy that involves sending the victim home without pay for that particular day.

4.    Encourage Motivations of Each Employee
Motivations to comply with fall protection regulations should exceed the reasons for not complying at all costs. Most employees usually comply with the regulations because of the fear of being unable to work, severe injuries, and even death, though it may not be a surprise to find stubborn employees who believe they’ll never be involved in an accident. It’s your duty to emphasize to all employees of these possible consequences of non-compliance by using frightening facts and news they can relate to. Let them know how accidents can affect their lives and families, as well. This way, they’ll appreciate the need to comply with all the regulations.    

5.    Provide Hands-On Training for All Employees
Employee training has and will always be a very crucial workplace safety strategy. Every employee, especially those working in areas with fall hazards, should receive proper training that involves both classroom settings and hands-on exercises. Different employees learn in different ways, which is why classroom settings alone may not be effective for every employee in your workplace. Hands-on training, on the other hand, will help the employees get the feel of different equipment and also to apply the course material.