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A Basic Guide to Fall Prevention in Industry

D. Allen Hughes, P.E.

Course Outline

  1. Trips, Slips and Falls—An Overview
  2. Falls From the Same Level
  3. Stairways and Ladders
  4. Construction Industry Fall Protection Requirements
  5. Digest of General Industry OSHA Standards Regarding Fall Prevention
  6. Digest of Construction Industry OSHA Standards Regarding Fall Prevention
  7. OSHA Requirements for Guardrails, Safety Harnesses, Safety Nets and Other Protection

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will have learned or been exposed to the following:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for use by engineers, architects, and employers.

Benefit to Attendees

Engineers, architects and employers will gain an understanding from this course of the benefits of educating employees about fall hazards and fall prevention.

Course Introduction

This course is based on the publication, A Guide to Fall Prevention in Industry which is intended to be consistent with all OSHA standards. If the reader considers this publication to be inconsistent with any OSHA standard, then the OSHA standard should be followed. This manual stresses the importance of preparation and education in preventing and reducing the risk of falls.

Course Content

The content of this course is based entirely on NCDOL Industry Guide 32. 

A Basic Guide to Fall Prevention in Industry

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Course Summary

This course demonstrates the basic elements of fall prevention. Educating workers and employers on fall prevention can reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from falls.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.