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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 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

PitRail - EDGE Fall Protection

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 […]

Toeboards: When to Use Them

EDGE Fall Protection Industrial Removable Guardrail

The purpose of toeboards is to prevent objects, tools, and equipment from falling over an edge of a roof or platform.  In general, it is best practice to implement toeboards as a vertical barrier whenever handrails are used with the potential of tools or objects falling from the edge.  Consequently, toeboards provide falling object protection […]

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 […]

Fall Protection Rules: Basic Things You Need to Know

Metal Roof Guardrail - EDGE Fall Protection

Falls are the most common causes of work injuries and deaths.  In calendar year 2016 about 38.7% of worker fatalities in construction were due to falls.  Source.  Being proactive by implementing compliant methods of fall protection and fall prevention can save lives and prevent injuries.  Consequently, it is important to be aware of basic fall […]

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 […]

When is Rooftop Fall Protection Required?

At what heights and how far from the leading edge of a rooftop is safe?  When it comes right down to it, there is no one safe height measure nor one safe distance from a roof edge that fits all rooftop fall protection and safety concerns.  Implementing OSHA standards can help to assure safe conditions. […]

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 […]