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Fall protection regulations for Illinois workers

Workers in Illinois can be seriously injured in a variety of ways on a worksite. Construction workers, in particular, are at great risk for workplace accidents. These accidents include falls. Falling from great heights, falling off equipment or falling into a hole can result in serious injuries for workers. It is important for workers to take specific fall protection precautions in order to reduce the risk of workplace falls. It is up to the employer to put these safety precautions in place.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fall protection is important because falls are some of the most common types of workplace accidents. There are a variety of things that can be done in order to reduce the risk of falls in the workplace.

One, workers can wear certain protective equipment to avoid the risk of falls. This fall protection can include using safety nets, railings or safety harnesses and lines.

Two, employers must provide a safe working environment. This includes making sure that employees are protected from potential dangers. In regards to a fall, holes need to be covered or guardrails and toe boards need to be provided. Simple protections can help to avoid a worker falling into or from a space.

Additionally, the workplace needs to be free of other hazards. The area needs to be kept clean and dry to prevent slips and falls. Hazardous materials need to be covered as well. Finally, workers need to receive training on how to avoid workplace accidents.

Workers in Illinois should not put themselves at risk while on the job. Some jobs are more risky, but these risks can be mitigated with proper care. Employees who have been injured in the workplace may be entitled to worker's compensation benefits as a result of their injuries.

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