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Tag Archives: rooftop fall protection

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.  […]

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 […]

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 requirements for fixed ladder safety with delayed effective dates (source): (source): Installing of personal fall arrest systems or ladder safety systems on all […]

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 […]

A Guide to Rooftop Fall Protection

OSHA long ago coined the phase, “there is no safe place on a roof.”  Now, while that is absolutely true, it does not mean that the problem should be ignored or steps should not be taken to mitigate these risks because, as we all know, work must be completed at heights and the job must […]