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Falling Objects Training & Certification

Whether you want falling objects certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the health and safety training you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford.

We offer three different types of safety training for falling objects?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's an OSHA compliant falling objects training PowerPoint presentation to train a group of people at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer we offer a train the trainer course.

Online Training

Aerial lift training online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign courses to their employees. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

The falling objects train the trainer course is meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost. Results in a lifetime certification. More Info

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for falling objects hands-on training at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Falling Objects Training Course?

Our Falling Object Hazards training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on safety principles, controls, hazards, and more.

During this training, we will be taking a look at how to operate safely on job sites that have falling object risks like sites with scaffolding, cranes, other heavy machinery, and ladders. You will learn about the gravity principles acting on falling objects and loads. We will discuss how to eliminate falling object hazards using the hierarchy of controls.

You will learn how to employ tool tethering and worksite controls to prevent equipment from falling at heights. We will be going over the proper personal protective equipment to wear on worksites with falling object hazards. Real, investigated workplace accidents will allow us to recognize these hazards and plan for them.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practicalexam as required by OSHA.Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • 29 CFR 1910.28 – Protection from falling and falling objects hazards

  • 29 CFR 1910.132 – Personal protective equipment

  • 29 CFR 1926.50 – Medical services and first aid

  • 29 CFR 1926.759 – Steel erection falling object protection

  • 29 CFR 1926.451 – Scaffolding falling object protection

  • 29 CFR 1926.200 – Accident prevention signs

  • 29 CFR 1926.1425 – Keeping clear of the load

  • ANSI/ISEA 121-2018

  • Encompasses these Canada Standards
  • CAN/CSA Z462:Protective Clothing & Equipment

  • CAN/CSA-Z271-10: Safety Code for Suspended Platforms

  • Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations – 14.4

  • ANSI/ISEA 121-2018

  • ANSI A10.8: Construction, Demolition Operations

Falling Objects Train the Trainer Certification

The falling objects train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the falling objects training online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the falling objects training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime falling objects trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

Falling Objects Competent Person Training

OSHA defines a “competent person” as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in [their] surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” A competent person has the authorization to take “prompt corrective measures” to minimize or eliminate hazards. They have enough training and/or experience to be “capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation and has the authority to correct them.” Some standards do have additional, specific requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be considered a competent person. Our Falling Objects Competent Person Training option fulfills OSHA's training requirements.

Why do I need falling objects safety training?

In line with regulations, anyone who works around falling object hazards must receive training prior to beginning work on site. Requirements for refresher training related to fall protection are very specific. Falling object prevention training doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.

  • Did You Know?

  • On average, 143 people are struck by falling objects each day. (Source: EHS Today)

  • There are more than 42,400 “struck by falling object” recordable accidents each year in the United States. (Source: 3M)

  • More than 200 employees die each year in the United States in falling object-related accidents. (Source: Never Let Go)

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Why do objects fall?

Gravity is a force that pulls objects toward the center of the earth. So objects fall because they are being acted upon by gravity.

Do heavy objects fall faster?

Objects that have more mass fall at a faster rate due to the air resistance involved. Air resistance is really just upward friction that acts against gravity. Heavier objects are able to cut through the air resistance to fall faster than light objects.

How can you protect yourself from falling objects?

While the hierarchy of controls breaks down protection from falling objects into five categories, the most effective way to protect yourself is to utilize tool tethering systems. These are similar to personal fall arrest systems, but they are for tools rather than people. As much as you try to block off leading edges and use guardrails, you can’t account for clumsiness. Tool tethering systems stop tools from falling to the ground, even when you are clumsy with your tools.

What is the difference between a falling and flying object?

Falling objects consist of tools, equipment, or loads that fall vertically through the air to a lower level. Flying objects are propelled horizontally through the air from tools like saws or from deflecting off of an object.

How does falling object prevention relate to fall protection?

Falling object prevention is a provision in the OSHA’s fall protection standard. Fall protection refers to protecting people from falls, while falling object prevention refers to protecting people on the ground from struck-by accidents.

What type of accident is caused by falling objects?

When something falls from heights and hits a person on the ground, that is considered a struck-by accident. From OSHA’s focus four hazards, stuck-by accidents are considered the third most common in the construction industry.

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