PDC 407

Fall Protection: You Can’t Beat Gravity



intermediate | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Sunday, May 22 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 35


Communication and Training, Construction, Safety



This course is designed for occupational safety and health professionals who are responsible for project planning and controlling workplaces where workers are exposed to fall hazards. Participants will gain a working knowledge of the requirements for the safe use of scaffolds, scissor lifts, powered platforms, and the steps for conducting site evaluations considering federal OSHA regulations for fall prevention with a focus on industrial and commercial sites. Students will learn the key components for protection from falls, including the proper selection and use of personal protective equipment including anchorage-points, and fall arrest systems through class discussion, equipment demonstrations, and hands-on activities. A portion of the class will be devoted to case studies as well as a hands-on workshop where students will have an opportunity to work directly with fall arrest systems and components and conduct an inspection of the components to determine their integrity.

Learning Aids

Participants must bring a scientific calculator.

Value Added

This course will be interactive, allowing students to work hands on with different types of fall protection equipment and to share concerns / evaluate scenarios that apply to their individual applications.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and recognize fall hazards.
  • Understand the methods by which to evaluate fall prevention systems, and proper selection and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Develop an understanding of the Federal OSHA requirements and relevant consensus standards on fall protection.
  • Understand the requirements for the safe use of building scaffolding, scissor lifts and ALGs, ladders and powered platforms, working around floor and wall openings, and leading edge work.
  • Understand the considerations for the design and approval of new and innovative fall prevention systems.
  • Understand the requirements for emergency response and rescue in the event of an incident.


  • The battle with gravity: fall risks and hazards
  • Fall protection programs, policy, regulations
  • Fall protection for specific equipment
  • Personal fall-arrest systems
  • Inspection and maintenance
  • Responses to fall incidents, rescues
  • Case Studies: How would you prevent these incidents?

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises
  • Workshops

Course Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16PDC407

Sponsoring Committee

Construction, Safety