Summit Anchor Company Becomes
3M Certified Fall Protection Trainer
By Gus Strats – Summit Anchor Company, Inc. May 20th, 2022
Edited by — Keisha Winston
Summit Anchor Company is offering 3M Certified fall protection training.
The Frederick, Maryland-based company is offering the safety training, which fulfills Occupational Safety and the Health Administration regulatory requirements for training workers at height, such as maintenance and construction workers.
“Fall protection training is essential to workers’ safety at height,” said Summit Anchor CEO Gus Strats. “We’re delighted that we now offer this training backed by 3M that complements our extensive suite of fall protection and suspended access equipment.”
Falls are one of the leading causes of serious work-related injuries, deaths, and citations according to OSHA. So protecting workers from falls at job sites is serious business. Knowing how fall protection equipment works and how to properly use it is essential to employee safety and reducing employers’ liability. In January 2022, OSHA increased fall-related penalties to $14,502 per violation, with willful or repeated offenses fined at $145,027.
Is fall protection training required?
YES fall protection training is an OSHA requirement if you work in a general industry or construction around “unprotected sides or edges that are at least 4 feet (6 feet for the construction industry) above a lower level.” (OSHA Fact Sheet). This means that anyone on a worksite at these height thresholds is required to have fall protection training, including employees using ladders. In fact, OSHA requires employers to “provide a training program for each employee using ladders.” (1926.1060(a))
Who is responsible for employee fall protection training?
According to OSHA, “The employer shall provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.” OSHA’s construction regulation section 1926.503 also requires “a certification of training.”
Did you know that Summit Anchor offers a certificate of training for fall protection to all? You don’t have to be one of our anchorage customers to use our services. We provide on-site classes customized to your job site’s fall hazard risks.
We’d love to work with your team to make your job site as safe as possible.
Whether your project is in Athens, Greece or Anchorage, Alaska, or all points in between, we are your full service fall protection provider.
Call Summit Anchor Company today to speak with one of our representatives.
✔ 3M Certified Safety Training Provider, meeting OSHA & ANSI requirements
✔ 3M Written Certification Record for each trainee passing course, per OSHA requirements
✔ 3M Written Course Materials Provided Each Trainee
4 of the Top 10 most frequently OSHA cited violations of workplace safety standards involve fall protection and ladder safety as follows:
- Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 5,295 Cited violations
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,527 Citated violations
- Ladders (1926.1053): 2,026 Citated violations
- Scaffolding (1926.451): 1,948 Citated violations
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 1,947 Citated violations
- Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 1,698 Citated violations
- Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,666 Citated violations
- Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,452 Citated violations
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,420 Citated violations
- Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,113 Citated violations