Course Description


One of the top ten workplace injuries reported by OSHA are related to fall hazards. In the construction industry, the most common causes for injuries typically involve ladders; roofs; tops of equipment, scaffolds, and other elevated work surfaces. It is also reported that the number one type of OSHA safety violation on worksites is related to fall hazards. This course will examine the various types of fall hazards, and include details on how to identify them. It will also offer information on best safety practices, to include ladder safety principles. The course follows current OSHA’s Fall Protection Standards, which provides clearly defined principles to follow on how to protect workers.

Course Outline

  1. What is a fall hazard?
  2. Steps to protect employees.
  3. Hazard identification.
  4. Prevention of fall-related injuries.
  5. Falls to the same level and falls to lower levels including ladders and stairs.
  6. Trip hazard prevention.
  7. Steps to protect employees.
  8. Promote your fall protection program.

Learner Outcomes

  • Recognize fall hazards and risks.
  • Differentiate between the two types of falls.
  • Apply ladder safety principles.
  • Use the eight-step approach to fall protection.
  • Calculate the total fall clearance distance.


Harper College is a proud recipient of the OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant which provides FREE training and education for workers and employers in workplace safety and health hazards.

Government employees are not eligible to participate due to grant regulations (Local/City/Municipality, County, State or Federal). The intended audience includes:

  • Supervisors and Managers
  • Employees and Workers
  • Unemployed Workers who intend to re-enter the workforce
  • New Businesses
  • Limited English Proficiency Workers
  • Low Literacy Workers
  • Young Workers
  • Temporary Workers
  • Minority and other hard-to-reach workers
  • Workers in high-hazard industries with high fatality rates
  • Government Employees who are responsible for occupational safety and health duties at their agencies

Disclaimer: This material was produced under grant number SH-05168-SH9 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

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