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Preventing Falls in the Workplace-The Rules Have Changed (For the Better)

  • Brennan's Party Center 13000 Triskett Road Cleveland, OH, 44111 United States (map)

Preventing Falls in the Workplace –

The Rules Have Changed (For the Better)



Patric McCon

Senior Risk Engineering Consultant

Zurich North America  
May 16, 2018

Luncheon Meeting – 11:30 a.m. til 1 p.m.

Brennan's Party Center

Cleveland, Ohio 44111

 Like many standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the rules for Walking and Working Surfaces in General Industry (the rules that cover manufacturing and most other industries in the United States) were very old. The standard (located at 29CFR1910 Subpart D) was originally written in 1971 and had undergone nearly no changes.  This was remedied on January 1, 2017 when the newly-rewritten Subpart D took effect.

Mr. McCon will show how the rules are now clearer, they offer more options to prevent workplace falls and many of the requirements are performance-based rather than prescriptive.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average of 261 fatal workplace falls to a lower level from 2006 to 2012.  During the same period there was an average of 48,379 lost-workday injuries each year.  The human toll as well as the economic costs of these injuries make it imperative that employers take positive steps to prevent them.

Patric McCon is a Senior Risk Engineering Consultant for Zurich and responsible for providing valuable consulting services to customer operations managers, risk managers, and safety managers.  Based in the Cleveland area, Pat provides service to accounts throughout North America.  Pat is a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Fire Protection Specialist, and a Hazardous Materials Manager, an OSHA General Industry 10 and 30-Hour course trainer, Instructor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and Adjunct Instructor, Cuyahoga Community College Environmental Health and Safety Technology degree programs. 

Reservations are required for this meeting. For those who chose to pay at the door, you may pay only by cash or check; no credit cards will be accepted.  All attendees must make their payment on or before the meeting, members cannot request to be invoiced.  Anyone making a reservation and do not attend without making a proper cancelation will be charged for the meeting.  This meeting qualifies as 1 of the 10 meetings that are required under the BWC’s Safety Council Rebate Program.   

IMPORTANT – For your organization to receive credit for attending the meeting you must stay until the end.   If you leave early, your organization may not receive credit for the meeting.