How to Justify the Investment of a Fall Protection System

Over the years we have quoted many companies on the installation of fall protection systems, some have decided not to make the investment in safety. Many times companies have a difficult time justifying the expense because there is no direct return on investment.  The truth is investing in fall protection does not just save money, it saves lives!

We created the benefits list below that we share with Safety Managers to help them gain approval from their management team for proposed fall protection projects:

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

  • Be a Manager and go to Jail – CA 387 Penal Code. California Corporate Criminal Liability Act of 1989 Allows prosecution of mangers under certain circumstances. If you have knowledge of a serious, concealed danger in the workplace, and don’t notify both the appropriate State agencies and the employees affected by the danger within 15 days, you could go to jail.
    • One year in the county jail or $10,000.00 or both; or, Imprisonment in state prison for 16 months, two years or three years or by a a fine up to $25,000.00. Corporate defendants could be fined up to $1,000,000.

The owner and a manager of a roofing company in Santa Rosa, CA, will both go to jail after a pair of incidents involving employee falls through skylights.  One employee died, the other was permanently disabled.

ANC Roofing owner Kenneth Alton entered a no contest plea to the charge of failing to protect employees from a hazard. He was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $248,000. See complete article

Lastly, the investment in a fall protection system will boost the moral and show employees you care for them and their safety which will ultimately create better productivity and that make the company more money!