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Category Archives: OSHA Guidelines for Fall Protection

Safety Railing and Guardrail Requirements

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provided new fall protection standards back in Fall 2016. These updates became effective January 2017 and many of them align general industry regulations for OSHA guardrail height, ladders, and stairways with construction standards. Organizations continue to work toward understanding and implementing the required changes and comply with OSHA […]

Protection From Falling and OSHA Roof Safety

Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among roofers.  Subsequently, there are a variety of safety requirements for protection from falling in the construction roofing industry.  OSHA 29 CFR 1926.501 Fall Protection General Requirements is consistently the most violated OSHA standard in construction.  Common violations under this standard include failure to provide protection […]

OSHA Compliance: Confusion About Fall Standards

For years the Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) regulations have been subject to interpretation, misinterpretation, and confusion.  Figuring out which OSHA fall protection standard to use to protect workers from falls from the rooftop can be particularly confusing.  Adding to the confusion are new OSHA fall protection standards which went into effect in January 2017.  […]

Rooftop Solar Panel Fall Hazards

Solar panels generate electricity without increasing impact on the environment.  The use of solar panels is one way to cut energy costs.  Between 2008 and 2014, rooftop solar grew an average of more than 50% per year (source) and continues to grow.  But rooftop solar panel system installation and maintenance present potential fall hazards for […]

Top 10 Workplace Safety OSHA Violations for 2019

For fiscal year 2019, the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revealed preliminary top ten most frequently cited workplace safety violations.  It may not come as a surprise that Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) once again tops the list as the most frequently occurring workplace safety violation.  […]

Fall Prevention Compared to Fall Protection

Roof Safety Rail Installation

Fall prevention and protection considerations are important in industry and construction because falls are among the most common causes of work injuries and fatalities.  How are fall protection and fall prevention similar?  How are they different?  Are they the same thing entirely?  We often use these phrases involving key words “protect” or “prevent” interchangeably.  Yet, […]

Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced the availability of $10.5 million in grants from the Susan Harwood Training Grants Program.  OSHA calls the Susan Harwood Training Grants program essential in its efforts to promote workplace safety and protect workers. What is the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program? First […]

OSHA National Safety Stand-Down

To raise awareness about the severity of fall hazards and the importance of fall prevention, OSHA’s sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction takes place the week of May 6 – 10, 2019.  Why fall hazard and fall prevention importance? Fall protection continues to be at the top of the list for […]

OSHA’s Most Cited Violation and Non-Compliance Costs

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OSHA requires employers and building owners to provide a safe working environment to prevent employees from falling off elevated work areas, work platforms, or falling into holes in the roof or floor.  Fall protection is consistently one of the top most violations because the most common causes of work- related injuries and deaths are due […]

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 […]