According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the most common cause of serious work-related injuries and deaths. To prevent these accidents and provide a safe work environment, effective training, engineering and administrative controls should be implemented. In cases where these controls are not adequate, employees must be provided with fall protection based on the employee's exposure to the hazard.
Departments should identify any existing or potential fall hazards and determine if they constitute the need for a fall protection program. This information, along with appropriate procedures, university policy, and requirements that must be met can be found in the Fall Protection Manual.