Category Archives: OSHA Guidelines for Fall Protection

OSHA Cautions Deadly Construction Accidents Related to Falling

OSHA Common Fall Accidents

Each year, thousands of construction employees fall victim fatal accidents. Even more unfortunate than the accidents themselves is the fact that, in many of these cases, the tragic event was completely preventable. This is no more evident than when it comes to dealing with fatal falls in the workplace, as nearly half of all workplace […]

Safety Railing and Guardrail Requirements

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A safety handrail helps to provide stability for a handhold whether on a walkway, steps, or platform.  Guardrails are a system of railings to prevent workers from falling off a landing, platform, or walkway.  Including guardrails and safety rail systems is an important consideration in fall prevention systems.  Further, complying with OSHA’s safety railing and […]

Roof Perimeter Warning Line System Spacing

A roof perimeter warning line system is a passive restraint fall protection system.  Warning lines create a visual cue and serve as a barrier to restrict workers from approaching hazards.  Frequently there is confusion about roof warning line systems, including rooftop warning line spacing in fall protection. OSHA requires that work at less than six […]

Providing Fall Protection for Roof Hatches

Roof hatches provide roof access for workers and for equipment.  While work is done on the roof, a roof hatch is often left open to move freely to and from the roof and to prevent workers from being locked onto the roof.  When a hatch is left open, there is a potential fall hazard to […]

Safety Gate Fall Protection Applications

Downward Vertical Mezzanine Safety Gate - EDGE Fall Protection, LLC (1)

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 […]

OSHA Fixed Ladder Requirements

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 […]

Frequently Cited OSHA Violations

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 Proposed Changes for Safety of Construction Sites

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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 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 – Low Sloped Roof Fall Protection

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 […]