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Fall Protection Is A Tool

Posted by Doug Kotecki on

Hey everyone!  Happy Worship of Tools Day!   It's on this day that we embrace our manliness and worship tools. Seriously, dating back to the wooden club, men have loved tools.

Unfortunately, most people don't think of fall protection as a tool.  But by changing the way you think about fall protection you may change your idea of safety equipment.

Fall protection is a tool. One of the definitions of a tool... "anything used as a means of accomplishing a task or purpose."  The other definition is surprisingly dirty.

At its base, fall protection helps employees work in highly dangerous places to accomplish "tasks" (get crap done).  The definition fits doesn't it? I'd like to take it one step further...

Not only does fall protection help you get a job done, I say it can help you get your job done faster. How? When an employee is wearing fall protection, they don't have to keep their mind focused on... "Don't Die." They can focus on the work that needs to be done.

Now, this isn't to say there isn't a learning curve when you're wearing a safety harness. There is. But there's a learning curve the first time you use any tool. But like using most tools, when you learn how it operates, productivity increases.

So join me in putting fall protection in its proper place next to the hammer. It's a tool, give it the respect you'd give any other tool in your arsenal.

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