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Weekly Toolbox Talk: War on Falls - Stilts

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Notice to supervisors: If you are not using stilts on your job, make sure you mention the War on Falls for ladders, lifts, scaffolds, guardrails and holes. Make sure you also mention the two-day suspension for any fall exposure. WAR ON FALLS STILTS

PROJECT SAFE STATES:
Only those employees who have been certified under the company’s stilt policy will be allowed to use stilts.

STILTS POLICY STATES:
Employees shall always use a ladder, scaffold, material stack, or wall for support when getting on or off stilts. When mounting stilts, the top leg strap first will be buckled first. When dismounting, the leg strap is unbuckled last. (Wheels on scaffold must be locked)

Today we will discuss the simple precautions that when integrated into daily work routine, can help to prevent most stilt injuries. Let us review the most common causes of stilt injuries.

Trips—are caused by cardboard boxes, carpet edges, extension cords, loose wires, power tool cords, scaffold wheels, drywall scrap, stacks of wood, tool carts, framing materials and plastic floor covering.

Slips—are cause by metal debris, wet finishing compound, metal nuts, metal screws water and oil.

Poor stilt maintenance—is another leading cause of falls from stilts. Examples of poor stilt maintenance that can lead to an injury include broken or loose strap, a wing nut falling out of a stilt, a broken spring and a broken leg bracket.

Stilt Maintenance— All stilts will be equipped with the tie down straps on the top and bottom of the lower strut tube for added security. Any defective stilt will be taken out of service immediately. Stilts shall only be repaired using parts from the manufacturer. Every employee is allotted $35.00 annually for replacement parts.

Additional causes for stilts injuries include putting on/taking off stilts, loose of balance, hitting ones head on fixtures (door jamb, sprinkler) and bending over (picking up mud bucket, getting through a door). You have to remember to be very careful because you are also exposed of getting things in the eye while walking stilts like ceiling wires, electrical wire, and infection from stilt straps. Pushing materials with legs while wearing stilts is not allowed. 

The following should be done each time the work progresses into a new area, or at the beginning of the shift:

  • Identify and remove (where possible) objects that may result in a fall.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Carry brooms onto the site along with equipment and tools

Stay away from:

  • Congested areas that are not suitable for stilts
  • All materials, equipment or trash piles at least 3 feet.
  • At least 20 feet of un-guarded open railing, windows any wall opening, window opening or shafts.

REMEMBER! Any employee in violation of this safety rules will be subject to a disciplinary action with a minimum suspension of two days.

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