Fall Protection Market to Growth Over Next 5 Years

The global fall protective and personal protective equipment market was valued at over USD 40 billion in 2017 an increase from 2016. Agencies that oversee safety, such as OSHA, continue to enforce, develop and uphold worker safety regulations across all aspects with the leading concern pertaining to falls in the workplace. The stringent focus of preventing falls is expected to drive the growth of the global fall protection market over the next five years. Market research analysis conducted by Technavio, predicts the global fall protection industry to increase at a CAGR of over 9% by 2021.

OSHA has said that slips, trips, and falls continue to be one of the leading causes of work-related injuries and fatalities. OSHA further stated that a little over 15 percent of all accidental deaths are related to slips, trips and falls, which are second only to motor vehicles as a leading cause of workplace fatalities. The increase in number of workplace fatalities and injuries only continues to raise awareness and forces employers to focus on employee safety by evaluating current procedures and ensuring the needed proactive solutions are in place; this will propel the markets growth for years to come.

The market continues to see an exponential increase in the number of safety trainings. Training is undertaken due to the growing awareness in industries such as oil & gas, specialty chemicals, energy, construction, and many others in the industrial sectors. A few years ago, OSHA conducted a National Fall Protection Stand-Down to raise awareness towards fall based injuries and fatalities. This helped promote training activities, and in turn, assisted in the growth of the fall protection industry.

Per OSHA, “falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA has issued a final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems to better protect workers from these hazards by updating and clarifying standards and adding training and inspection requirements.

The rule incorporates advances in technology, industry best practices, and national consensus standards to provide effective and cost-efficient worker protection. Specifically, it updates standards addressing slip, trip, and fall hazards and adds requirements for personal fall protection systems.”

The leader in the global fall protection equipment market is the North American region, largely in part to the several safety standards that are set forth by government bodies. However, across the globe companies have made workplace safety a priority and have or continue to establish a process and set of safety guidelines to help reduce workplace hazards that would ultimately impact operational costs through settlements and/or compensation costs. The huge avoidable costs associated with the non-compliance of fall prevention safety measures is anticipated to increase the need and focus of fall protection by pushing companies to take immediate action, avoiding this concern all together. As the market continues to trend upward, we’re finding that more and more companies are making fall protection one of their leading priorities, organizations are more familiarized with all the changing regulations and the constant risks, and are not just content with the measures already in place. Fall prevention also requires a company-wide culture focused around safety as well as OSHA certified fall prevention measures.

It’s no surprise that one of the major ongoing concerns for companies is to improve the safety of their employees by evaluating best practices and their surrounding workspace. We all know how quickly accidents in the workplace can occur and just how devastating they can be. As workplaces grow and evolve fall prevention methods too are evolving and improving with the continual focus of providing your employees with the safest working environment.

For any questions, concerns or to learn more about what you can do to provide your workplace with the safest possible solutions feel free to give Hemco Industries a call. We’d be more than happy to assist you in your fall protection needs and help you avoid OSHA fines and to help keep all your workers safe from falls. Email us at sales@hemcoind.com or call at (713) 681-2426.

Additional Preparation and Safety Measures Needed During Colder Months

Preparation and Safety Measures During Colder Months

While safety is a key concern all year long, colder weather conditions can present additional hazards for anyone working outside. Outdoor work requires proper preparation, especially in harsh winter weather conditions. Colder weather can increase hazards such as slippery surfaces, environmental challenges and health concerns.

OSHA does not have definitive standards for working in cold environments, but employers must be alert and proactive in their responsibilities to provide workers with safe working conditions that are free from recognized hazards, including winter weather related concerns.

Winter weather not only has the potential to increase slips, trips and falls, but colder weather conditions can also increase the chances for illness. Cold temperatures can play a huge role on an employee’s overall health, but this can also increase the chances of accidental injuries by altering an employee’s self-awareness from simply being tired and fatigued to feeling ill or being extremely sick.

Winter also increases the chances of harsh environmental circumstances such as increase wind strength, and iced over walk ways, roads, handrails among many other safe access points. It’s imperative that your employees are fully alert, healthy and understand the situation of their surroundings.

Safe work practices should be implemented to protect employees, from possible injuries, illnesses and/or fatalities. Some key components for the proactive preparation of winter months are:

  • Develop and review your safety processes and plans, identify potential hazards and the safety measures that will be used all year round, but also identify winter related processes separately 
  • Schedule maintenance and repair needs during the warmer parts of the year
  • Map out and provide proper awareness for all areas that could be exposed to freezing conditions causing higher risk for slips, trips and falls
  • Provide employees all the proper tools needed to combat freezing/cold weather conditions
  • Schedule operational needs that expose workers to the colder weather in warmer parts of the day
  • Avoid exposure to freezing temperatures when possible
  • Monitor and manage employees time spent outdoors on extremely cold days, especially for long periods of time
  • Regularly schedule breaks and/or relief to workers for long, demanding jobs in harsh weather
  • Provide warm areas for break periods
  • Provide warm, non-alcoholic, liquids to employees
  • Monitor workers who are at risk of illnesses
  • Monitor the weather conditions regularly, be aware of possible winter storms, keep your team updated
  • Send employees home seem to be getting ill, have them rest
  • Have an effective and reliable way of communicating with workers and being able to stop work when necessary

These areas are crucial factors to consider and plan around during the entire year, but employees must be fully aware of how winter weather can present additional safety concerns to their health, the health of others and their overall working conditions. OSHA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been working together on a public education effort to improve the way people prepare for and respond to severe weather. This page is designed to help businesses and their workers prepare for winter weather, and to provide information about hazards that workers may face during and after winter storms.

For any questions, concerns or to learn more about what you can do to provide your workplace with the safest possible solutions during winter months and all year round, feel free to give Hemco Industries a call. We’d be more than happy to assist you in your fall protection needs and to help keep all your workers safe from falls.

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Visit Hemco at Booth 1023 for the 2016 VPPPA National Conference

Stop by booth 1023 and visit Hemco Industries at the 2016 National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association (VPPPA) Conference. The VPPPA National Safety and Health Conference is to be held August 30th – Sep. 1st, 2015 at the Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

The VPPPA is the leading organization dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health and environmental management systems. VPPPA offers its members a direct link to OSHA, DOE and other similar agencies. Hemco Industries is excited to attend this year’s national conference – the conference gives us the opportunity network, learn and advance as leaders in occupational safety.

The National VPPPA Conference provides valuable safety and health knowledge from over 100 workshops and 300 exhibitors, and join thousands of safety and health experts from more than 400 different industries who are all united in their mission to create safer environments for their peers and coworkers.

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OSHA to Change Fall Protection Rule; First Time Since 1990

OSHA’s Creates New Fall Protection Rules; First Time Since 1990

This month, August 2016, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking to release their new rule, and with it may come several changes.

OSHA first released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for slips, trips, and fall prevention in 1990, it was determined that this proposed rule was out of date in 2003. In 2010 OSHA again declared a NPRM on slips, falls and then began determining the regulations for the proposed rule in January of 2011.

Fall Protection again was the most frequently cited rule for 2015 proving to be OSHA’s strictest enforced rule. Along with the increase in fine rates, which hasn’t changed since 1990, this fall protection rule has not been updated since 1990 as well.  In an effort to better protect employees from falls, OSHA believes this new rule can prevent up to 20 workplace fatalities and more than 3,500 workplace injuries annually.

OSHA has said that slips, trips, and falls are one of the leading causes of work-related injuries and fatalities. OSHA further stated that right around 15 percent of all accidental deaths are related to slips, trips and falls, which are second only to motor vehicles as a leading cause of workplace fatalities.

Though OSHA has missed a past deadlines for finalized rules, Safety + Health wrote, the slip, trips and fall prevention rule is a number one priority for 2016. The agency has stated its intention to finalize “Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems” before President Obama completes his term.

What you should know about the new OSHA fall protection rule:

  • Details provided for employers concerning the proper use of fall protection equipment. This information will reflect advancements in safety solution technology.
  • OSHA will be decreasing their emphasis on specification-based equipment and increase the significance of performance-based standards for fall protection safety solutions.
  • Conditions and clear standards for fall protection equipment and solutions will be fully explained. This will help guarantee that the criteria for fall protection equipment is consistent with existing marine and construction or contracting standards, as well as other industry standards.
  • The rule will include increased compliance flexibility for employers. Fall protection equipment and solutions are required, but compliant options are available, such as overhead trolley solutions and lifeline systems. OSHA believes this will allow employers to select the best solution for their operations and help avoid slips, trips and falls.
  • Eradicate repetition of specifications and unnecessary language, making requirements more clear and precise.

Remember, OSHA requires all employees working at heights of six feet or greater be protected by guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall protection systems, lifeline systems or a combination of these. Holes in the floor should also be covered or secured.

Employers can refer to the various existing OSHA regulations to address the hazard concerns in their worksites related to walking and/or working surfaces. General industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, refineries and the contractors all have industry standards they must abide by relating to slips, trips and falls. These include standards for ladder usage, walking surfaces, staircases, scaffolding, staging and deck openings and edges, among other areas.

For any questions, concerns or to learn more about what you can do to provide your workplace with the safest possible solutions feel free to give Hemco Industries a call. We’d be more than happy to assist you in your fall protection needs and help you avoid the new increased OSHA penalty fines and to help keep all your workers safe from falls.

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Hemco announces recent additions to the company’s outside sales team

Hemco Industries Appoints Two New Regional Product Specialists

HOUSTON, TX. – Hemco Industries, a leading provider of fall protection and safe access solutions, last week announced recent additions to the company’s outside sales team to meet the needs of their growing workforce and expanding customer demand. Linwood Amerson was appointed to Product Specialist of the Mississippi, Louisiana and East Texas Regions and Joey Giametta was appointed to Product Specialist over the South Houston and Baytown Regions.

“We’re thrilled to have Linwood and Joey onboard and are looking forward to the opportunities they’ll bring in 2016 and on,” says Ryan Barnes, Hemco VP of Operations. “Their experience, passion and desire to produce will help support Hemco’s infrastructure as we continue to grow.”

Linwood will focus on maintaining Hemco’s collaborative culture as the company expands its growing presence across the Golden Triangle region. In order to ensure our client’s needs are met, he will leverage his past knowledge, best practices and provide our clients with the best possible solution to ensure absolute satisfaction. “Linwood will be an essential part of our efforts in maintaining our past, current and future relationships with all those Hemco provides solutions to throughout the Gulf Coast region,” says Ryan. Linwood joins Hemco with over 7 years of customer service and sales experience.

Providing safe access and fall protection solutions throughout the Southern Houston and Baytown surrounding areas, Joey will ensure Hemco’s new and existing clients receive the highest quality service to provide them bulk loading solutions and their safe access goals. “Joey’s drive and willingness to succeed is key to growing our local presence,” Ryan says. Joey has more than 5 years of experience in customer support, customer satisfaction, and account management.

In addition to these new hires, Hemco is expanding its product line to leverage, in aggregate, the multiple facets involved with liquid transfer operations as well as safe access and fall protection products. Hemco’s efforts will give insight into key industries, regional awareness and brand development so that Hemco can continue to provide the best solutions to their clients.

About Hemco Industries

Since 1956 Hemco Industries has been a leading provider of fall protection and safe access solutions for bulk loading and unloading. Hemco manufactures world-class gangways, loading racks, excess flow valves, safety gates, hose arms and other fall protection products for rail cars, tanker trucks, and other applications. Designed to deliver easy access and provide personnel safety, Hemco’s diverse product line can handle all bulk loading and unloading needs.

For more information, visit www.hemcoind.com