Tailgate Talks

Slips, Trips, and Falls

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 4,821 people – more than 13 per day – died while doing their jobs. Most deaths were transportation incidents, but 818 workers lost their lives because of accidental slips, trips and falls. Slips, trips and falls are one of the most frequently-reported injuries out there and can happen anywhere on the job. Many of the hard working employees in the industries that we support often have excess rope hanging from their belts, saddles, or harnesses, creating a unique tripping hazard, which is one of the reasons why we created the BuckTender.

The BuckTender is a lightweight, compact retractable designed to keep excess slack from the tail of a secondary lanyard or fall restriction device out of the way while climbing, working, or even walking. In addition to keeping excess slack under control, the BuckTender also allows the user to make length adjustments without having to remove the tail from a hand line hook or ditty bag.

Watch the video here!

The BuckTender comes standard in black leather with a single leg or you can upgrade to a Dual Leg BuckTender or Heritage BuckTender, made with top of the line, ultra-soft, distressed leather for that already broke in feel and vintage look.

Ladder Fall Protection

At Buckingham Manufacturing, we have seen a steady increase in the need for ladder fall protection and ladder stabilization. While OSHA hasn’t mandated any specific systems to protect against fall at this point in time, we have created products to suit our customers’ need to stay safe while on ladders. The Buckingham Ladder Tether (BLT) creates a ladder mounted lifeline system allowing the user to ascend and descend 100% fall protected. The BLT utilizes specially designed ladder lock straps that are installed from the ground.

For a simpler system, we have created the Buck Ladder Lock, available for the bottom of the ladder (355B), top of the ladder (355T), or both (355BT). Not only do these ladder locks keep your ladder secure against the pole or tree, they come with a Buckingham Redi-Access Storage Bag that easily straps directly to the ladder. READ MORE HERE.

Bucket Truck Fall Protection

In 2014, OSHA changes required users in an aerial lift to use either a Fall Arrest or Fall Restraint system.

  1. Fall Arrest System must not allow worker to free fall more than six feet or contact a lower level.
  2. Fall Restraint System (ideal for Linemen working on power lines) must keep worker from falling any distance whatsoever.

Learn more about the OSHA Bucket Truck changes here in this video (embed so user can watch right on the page) or in this brief Buckingham Alert that includes potential products to help those get into OSHA compliance. OSHA also provides a very useful “Quick Tips" document on aerial lifts. If you or your company needs training on rescue in aerial lifts, Buckingham has a helpful video here.

If you are an Arborist, OSHA updated standards and required a Fall Arrest or Travel Restraint System as of January 17th, 2017. We quickly developed two products to help users get into compliance – the OSHA Harness-Lanyard Combo for Fall Arrest or the BuckIt Restraint System for Travel Restraint.