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Falls account for one third of all construction fatalities in the United States, making them the industry's leading cause of death. To reduce fall-related incidents on the jobsite, the NYC Department of Buildings now requires fall prevention training for all workers who need a Site Safety Training (SST) card under Local Law 196.

Completing this course provides eight hours of DOB-approved Site Safety Training that you can apply toward your Full SST card. You'll learn about the importance of fall prevention techniques and ways to recognize and avoid common fall hazards on the job.

About the 8-Hour Fall Prevention Course

SST Standards

Satisfies Training Standards for:

Site Safety Training (SST) requirements of NYC Local Law 196

Accessibility Features

Accessibility Features:

Free audio narration and Live Chat support


Approved by:

New York City Department of Buildings (DOB)

Online Course


100% online course

Instant Cert


Instant digital certificate for eight hours of DOB-approved Site Safety Training

NYC Workers

Designed for:

NYC construction and demolition workers who need an SST Worker card or SST Supervisor card

Who Should Take 8-Hour Fall Prevention?

This course is designed for NYC construction workers who need to earn an SST card under Local Law 196 training requirements. This includes workers at any jobsite in the five boroughs with a Site Safety Plan.

NYC workers that the DOB requires to take this course may include:

  • Construction and demolition workers
  • Site Safety Managers
  • Site Safety Coordinators
  • Construction Superintendents
  • Competent Persons
  • Concrete Safety Managers
  • Journeypersons
  • Forepersons

Whether you are a new entrant to the field or currently working as an NYC construction worker or supervisor, the 8-Hour Fall Prevention course is a mandatory part of your Site Safety Training.

Course Details

The 8-Hour Fall Prevention course teaches NYC construction workers key information about OSHA's industry standards for fall prevention (29 CFR 1926 Subpart M). You'll learn about different types of fall hazards, the three primary forms of fall protection and much more.

Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to:

  • Explain the importance of fall prevention
  • List terms associated with falls in construction
  • Analyze fall hazards
  • Use fall hazard info to evaluate scenarios about working at heights
  • Recall OSHA Subpart M and other safety requirements associated with falls

This training takes at least eight hours to finish. Most learning modules end with a five-question quiz (80% minimum passing score), and the course concludes with a 20-question final exam (70% passing score). You must complete the final exam in one sitting.

You have an unlimited number of attempts for the quizzes and final exam, so you're guaranteed to pass!

Once you pass the final exam, you can instantly download your certificate of completion. To get your SST card after completing all your required training, provide your SST course certificates to OSHA Education Center or another DOB-approved SST card provider.

» Learn more about DOB course requirements for SST cards

NYC Site Safety Training courses give you the opportunity to earn IACET CEUs through our parent company Certus. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Certus offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.

This course provides 0.8 CEUs.

» See our IACET accreditation

Course Outline

The 8-Hour Fall Prevention course includes 12 learning modules that teach NYC construction workers how to recognize and avoid fall hazards. Each module ends with a brief quiz, and you must pass a final exam to earn your SST credit hours.


The course introduction provides important information about your training, including learning objectives, navigation tips and the NYC requirements the course fulfills.

Module 1: Introduction to Fall Prevention

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • Fatal fall statistics
  • Competent persons

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain the importance of fall prevention
  • Describe the responsibilities and regulations relevant to competent persons

Module 2: Types of Fall Hazards

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • NYC fall protection requirements
  • Falls to below
  • Falls to the same level
  • Struck by falling objects

Learning objectives include:

  • Classify types of occupational fall hazards
  • Identify risks associated with each type of fall hazard

Module 3: The Science of Falls

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Laws of motion
  • Force, mass and acceleration
  • Tension force
  • Angle force

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe why falling from any height is dangerous
  • Analyze and predict the level of risk associated with falls from different heights

Module 4: The Big Three of Fall Controls and Protection

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • Levels of protection
  • The Big Three
  • Guardrail systems
  • Safety net systems
  • Personal fall arrest systems

Learning objectives include:

  • Define the three primary forms of fall protection
  • Describe the types of personal fall arrest systems

Module 5: Ladders, Stairways and Scaffolds

Topics covered in Module 5 include:

  • Ladders and stairways
  • Suspended scaffolds
  • Supported scaffolds
  • Aerial and scissor lifts

Learning objectives include:

  • List regulations regarding fall prevention and protection when using portable and fixed ladders
  • State the rules for using stairs and temporary stairways
  • Describe fall prevention and protection regulations for various types of scaffolds

Module 6: Struck-By and Falls-to-the-Same-Level Controls

Topics covered in Module 6 include:

  • Housekeeping
  • Storage prohibitions
  • Tethering of tools
  • Sidewalk sheds
  • Hardhats

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe the importance of proper housekeeping and storage in preventing falls
  • Explain the importance of tethering tools, sidewalk sheds and hardhats

Module 7: Other Fall Controls

Topics covered in Module 7 include:

  • Controlled access zones
  • Limited access zones
  • Controlled decking zones
  • Hole covers
  • Monitoring systems
  • Unguarded machinery
  • Ramps and runways

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain why and when it is necessary to establish controlled and limited access zones
  • Describe the rules for the construction and use of ramps and runways
  • List regulations that apply to other fall controls, including hole covers, monitoring systems and unguarded machinery

Module 8: Calculating Fall Distances

Topics covered in Module 8 include:

  • Measurements for assessing fall hazards and controls
  • Total fall clearance distance for personal fall arrest systems (PFAS)
  • Exercise: Making the calculation

Learning objectives include:

  • Compute real fall distances when wearing fall protection
  • Describe how to properly use fall controls

Module 9: Prompt Rescue Plan

Topics covered in Module 9 include:

  • Danger and promptness
  • Recommended procedures
  • Sample plans

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify and internalize the risks of not having a prompt rescue plan
  • Summarize the basics of preparing a prompt rescue plan

Module 10: Safety Plan Checklist

Topics covered in Module 10 include:

  • The 20-point safety checklist

Learning objectives include:

  • Outline a safety checklist
  • Evaluate risks and choose compliant fall controls

Module 11: Choosing Fall Protection (Exercise)

Learning objectives for Module 11 include:

  • Identify the fall risks in a given scenario
  • Choose the appropriate fall protection for various tasks

Module 12: Making Decisions and Wearing Equipment (Exercise)

Learning objectives for Module 12 include:

  • Select correct safety practices in real-world scenarios
  • Practice taking an active approach to fall safety
  • Test fall protection responses against compliant answers

The course ends with an exam that assesses the student's comprehension and understanding of all course and module objectives.