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Top 5 Ways to Reduce Fall Hazard Risk

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

FM Consultants Podcast 2015-17 – Discussion by Kevin Wilcox (USA) and Chris Payne (UK), David Reynolds (USA)

Recorded on: July 9th, 2015

Chris Payne, CSS Consultancy & FMCC STAG Member

David Reynolds, CFM, FMP

Kevin Wilcox, Principal, LJB Inc.


“Top 5 Ways to Reduce Fall Hazard Risk”

Kevin Wilcox joins Chris Payne and David Reynolds a short while after his 2015 FMCC webinar, “Top 5 Ways to Reduce Fall Hazard Risk”, where he delivers a systematic development against fall risk in five critical areas, applying prevention by design, training, and certified fall protection systems.

Kevin is a principal of LJB Inc. and a professional structural engineer, who is also a certified safety professional. He has more than 20 years’ experience in fall protection consulting, with expertise in fall hazard assessments, design and inspection of fall protection systems, and related training. Fall protection presents two conflicting realities: significant fall incidents don’t happen often, but when they do occur, they’re catastrophic and costly. The challenge, however, is that fall protection is complex. There are numerous regulations, standards, equipment options, training sources and priorities to consider when protecting workers. Kevin approaches fall protection in a practical way to minimize the complexity, while taking comprehensive action to protect people, projects, and business. In this podcast, Kevin talks about specifying fall protection to be provided by outsource organizations working in your facility. He then expands on specification to view fall protection as a system of understanding hazards, design, training, and practices – and oh yes, equipment. The point is, certified equipment is necessary, but hardly sufficient. Equipment is just one part of a certified system for safety from falling. Last, he briefly treats risk assessment, as possibly the part of fall protection that where the experienced safety professional can contribute uniquely.

Fall protection a straightforward quality of life and continuity of business issue, nothing less.