Fall Protection Tops the List at OSHA

fall-protectionFall protection has topped the list of Most Frequently Cited Standards from OSHA. The list is for standards that OSHA assessed the highest number of penalties for in the fiscal year 2012. OSHA’s fiscal year ran from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012.

The list is as follows:

  1. Fall protection, construction – Standard Number 1926.501
  2. Scaffolding
  3. Control of hazardous energy
  4. Machines
  5. Ladders
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Excavations, requirements for protective systems
  8. Hazard communication standard
  9. Electrical, wiring methods
  10. Electrical system design

With falls being the most common cause of work related injury and death, this is a big deal. As an employer it’s important to set up and maintain systems to prevent your employees from falling from platforms, ladders, hoists, or holes in the floors.

WHAT IS REQUIRED

OSHA requires that fall protection is required with elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces. Five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry, and eight feet for longshoring operations. OSHA also requires fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery regardless of the fall distance.

As an employer be sure that you:

  • Provide working conditions that are free of known dangers.
  • Keep floors in work areas in a clean and, so far as possible, a dry condition.
  • Select and provide required personal protective equipment at no cost to workers.
  • Train workers about job hazards in a language that they can understand.

Sources: OSHA Safety Health Administration

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