Top 10 Fall Protection Tips for 2022
As we close our Ladder Safety Month in March, two statics should be foremost on our minds.
1. Fall-related OSHA standards make up 4 of OSHA's top 10 most cited standards. Fall Protection is the number 1 most cited OSHA standards violation:
1. Fall Protection, construction
2. Respiratory Protection, general industry
3. Ladders, construction
4. Hazard Communication, general industry
5. Scaffolding, construction
6. Fall Protection Training, construction
7. Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
8. Eye and Face Protection, construction
9. Powered Industrial Trucks, general industry
10. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general industry
2. While the Overall workplace has decreased in fatalities, fall- related death's have climbed by 17% since the 1990's.
With the updates to the OSHA 1910 standard for fall protection in 2017, there is much more clarity on what rooftop fall protection is required. Employees or contractors engaged in temporary or infrequent work within 6' to 10' of an unprotected leading roof edge must have proper fall protection. The time for fall protection is now and we here at KwikSafety wanted to leave you with a few tips to keep you and your team safe.
Here are the Top 10 Fall Protection Tips for 2022:
- ) Annual Inspections
Know the signs of wear and tear and if there is any question of damage to the equipment, to take it out of use and get a replacement. By documenting any repairs and conducting regular inspections you will be able to extend the life of your fall protection equipment.
2. ) Parapet Walls
Passive fall protection often looks like barriers such as guardrail, parapet, handrails and self-closing gates or a combination thereof. One major benefit to this level of fall protection is ease of use. According to OSHA, parapets must meet the same height requirements for fall protection as guard rails if they serve as a means of fall protection. They must be 42 inches, plus or minus 3 inches, to be compliant with OSHA fall protection regulations.
Check to see if access ladders installed before 2018 are compliant. OSAH requires that there be a minimum of 7 inches between rungs of a fixed ladder and the nearest object.
4.) Warning Lines
OSHA says, "When work is performed at least 6 feet (1.6 m) but less than 15 feet (4.6 m) from the roof edge, the employer must ensure each employee is protected from falling by using a guardrail system, safety net system, travel restraint system, or personal fall arrest system. The employer may use a designated area when performing work that is both infrequent and temporary.” (1910.28(b)(13)(ii))
5.) Skylights and Roof Hatches
Any building with a skylight should be protected with a screen. To avoid potential hazards, legal frustrations, and expensive lawsuits, keep your building up to code with OSHA compliant skylight safety screens.
Keep in mind the weight capacity of all the components in a fall protection system. The standard capacity for fall arrest equipment established by OSHA is 310 pounds.
Each anchor point must be able to withstand 5,000 pounds per person attached (1910.140(c)(13)(i))
Finally always make certain safety systems are integrated responsibly, without causing damage, and that in the event of a fall, loads are distributed without compromising the integrity of the surrounding structure. Never risk life and limb! Make sure you have the safety harness that suits your needs and don't forget to inspect all equipment before wear.