You need a plan of action for your team to follow in the event of an emergency. A rapid rescue is essential for preventing secondary injuries and even death that can occur in a fall incident.
This fully customizable plan offers fall rescue awareness resources for your team as well as instructions for reporting fall incidents to OSHA. You’ll find rescue plan quick sheet that includes emergency contacts and a detailed checklist you can use to prepare for a quick response to a fall incident.
Clear & Concise Plan
In the event of a fall injury at your worksite, a rapid rescue is essential for preventing secondary injuries and even death that can occur in a fall incident.
This plan can also aid in a confined space rescue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Setting your team up with the right rescue plan for a job should be a top priority. Explore our answers to the questions we often hear about fall protection.
Our plan will aid in recording facts in the case of an accident. Record as many details of the incident as possible using the following OSHA forms:
• OSHA’s form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses)
• OSHA’s Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses)
• OSHA’s Form 301 (Injuries and Illnesses Incident Report)
All three forms can be downloaded https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKforms.html.
OSHA may conduct an inspection following an incident. If OSHA inspectors arrive, comply with all
documentation and information requests, but do not admit to hazardous conditions or violations. A
company representative has a right to be present and accompany all walkaround inspections. Keep
good notes and take photos and measurements during or immediately after the inspection.
The OSHA inspector will discuss any observed violations; ask the inspector to send your company
a record of any citations. You should ask questions about standards being cited and may ask about
the severity or penalties, but do not argue or try to negotiate. Correct any unsafe conditions revealed
by the inspection as quickly as possible.
Fall arrest and fall restraint systems sound similar, but they work differently. A fall arrest system allows a fall to occur, but the technology is designed to minimize the chances of a person making contact with another surface. In other words, these systems shorten the distance of the fall and catch the worker in suspension, rather than preventing it.
On the other hand, a fall restraint system utilizes a tie-off system that prevents workers from reaching an edge, falling over an edge, or sliding off a surface entirely. The right system for you will depend on factors like your location, the task at hand, and how much space you have available.
Some types of fall protection equipment may have an expiration date. You can typically find information about your equipment’s life span in the owner’s manual.
Not all equipment will have an expiration date. In these cases, a Safety should regularly inspect your gear to ensure it’s in an acceptable condition for use. You can prolong the life of your personal fall protection equipment by storing it in a temperature-controlled setting and keeping it clean.