Safe Onsite with OSHA's Fall Protection Tips
Between 150 and 200 construction workers are killed, on average,
and more than 100,000 are injured each year as a result of falls
on construction sites, according to information from The Construction
Foreman's Guide to OSHA Regulations.
The Guide notes that the exception to the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration's (OSHA) fall protection rules occur before
work on a project begins or after it is completed, and someone is
inspecting, investigating or assessing workplace conditions. The
rest of the time, fall protection must be in place.
The general rule for fall protection is that a worker must be subject
to a fall of 6 feet or more above a lower level. OSHA keeps this
requirement intentionally broad, the Guide reports, to protect
workers in a variety of situations.
In addition to protecting workers, fall prevention measures are
intended to keep tools and materials from falling and potentially
injuring someone below. Safety nets and guardrails can keep construction
workers safe from these hazards, as well.
OSHA says workers have the responsibility to choose the right fall
protection for the type of work they are performing. The Guide
also recommends checking fall protection equipment each day
for signs of wear or other problems.
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