Category Archives: OSHA Guidelines for Fall Protection

According to OSHA, a common cause of industry injuries and fatalities is falls.  Because falls are a common cause of injury and death, providing fall protection is important.  One consideration for OSHA compliant fall protection is the use of safety gate fall protection.  Safety gates are useful in minimizing fall risks and preventing workplace accidents. In […]

New OSHA Fall Protection Rule regulations went into effect on January 17, 2017.  Some provisions for fixed ladders over 24 feet have delayed effective dates.   Here are three OSHA fixed ladder fall protection requirements with delayed effective dates (source): Installing fall protection (personal fall arrest systems, ladder safety systems, cages, wells) on existing fixed ladders […]

Highest Quantity of Citations The most frequently cited standard by OSHA regulators lie within Fall Protection, namely “Duty to have Fall Protection.”  The regulations and standards can seem complicated with a lot of subparts and unfamiliar jargon. We are here to clear out the gunk and tell it to you straight.  Protect the health and […]

OSHA Rule Proposal In a recent May 2018 Trade Release, OSHA proposed some changes to increase construction site safety.  Proposed changes  include crane operator certification clarity and reinstating employer responsibility in ensuring crane operator qualifications to increase safety in operating equipment. Fall Hazard for Workers in Construction In calendar year 2016 according to OSHA, 991 […]

Illinois Fall Protection Citation Results in High Penalties for Employers when Exposing Workers to Falls Illinois Fall Protection Citation Recently in February of 2018, in a suburb outside of Chicago, a General Contractor received an Illinois Fall Protection citation for exposing workers to fall hazards. As reported by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety […]

OSHA Walking Working Surfaces Standard – Low Sloped Roof Fall Protection Defined “Low-Sloped Roof” is a term that OSHA felt it needed to be defined in its Walking Working Surfaces update published November 18, 2016.  A low-sloped roof is defined as a slope equal or less than a ratio of 4 to 12.  Slope is […]

Safety Gates in the OSHA Walking Working Surfaces OSHA provides guidance on walking working surfaces to define the purpose of a safety gate.  Included in this are the requirements, expectations of employers, openings and access points.   Employers are required to use guardrail systems around holes that are access points  by either installing gates at the […]

Fall Protection for Existing Buildings vs New Construction   When you think of fall protection, you probably think of a guard rail or harness system being used during the construction of a new structure. And you’d be almost right. New construction is an obvious place where fall protection is needed, but that doesn’t mean that […]

OSHA guidelines on fall protection are centered around the idea that some situations require different types of fall protection systems. This way of thinking about situations from most dangerous to least dangerous is called the “hierarchy of fall protection.” It’s a great way to think about what types of fall protection solutions work best. Here’s […]

What are the OSHA Guidelines and regulations for Fall Protection? Over the years, there have been questions that have consistently been raised in regards to fall protection scenarios.  We plan to address a few of questions in this section.  Firstly, everyone must know that some type of fall protection is required anytime an employee is […]