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Workers who could experience falls at Robins Air Force Base, were shown demonstrations on how to prevent them.

"We do use harnesses quite a bit because we do a lot of [working on hoists]," said Juan Solis. Solis is a maintenance worker and says his work can put him up to 135 feet in the air. He says the demonstration is a great way to reinforce what workers have already learned.

"It could range from CE to telecommunications to a wide variety of folks all across the installation," said Scott Eck, the Installation Chief of Safety.

Eck says injury should not be part of the job description.

"Everybody should expect when they come to work, to come to work, do their job and go back home to their families at the end of the day," he said.

The Air Force reports that between 2010 and 2014, there were 7,671 injuries nationwide resulting from falls. Three resulted in death. All of that cost the Air Force more than $30 million.

"They get to see it work and trust it, really, that if they ever do fall, they can be confident that the equipment will keep them from being injured," William Fulcher, a director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said.

Fulcher says the demonstration helps workers understand how to properly use their equipment. Solis agrees.

"Sometimes you get tied up in the moment of the job and not realize," he said. "That's why we have wingmen with you, spotters. Safety is a number one concern in our unit and in our job."

The demonstration is a part of the Air Force's nationwide Fall Prevention Week.


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