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Hierarchy of Fall Prevention

Fall Protection Hierarchy

The Fall Protection Hierarchy is also called Z359 and some times the “preferred order of control”. It’s an industry touch stone that was created to protect workers from hazards on the job. The hierarchy was authored by two entities – The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). The ANSI coordinates the development and use of standards in the workplace as opposed to a government law making group such as OSHA. 

Prevention Trumps Protection — Actually, the cure IS prevention when it comes to fall protection. Just as in healthcare, prevention is the key to reducing injuries and deaths from falls on the job. When it comes to the force of gravity, no one is immune.

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