OSHA Construction Safety & Fall Protection

Building and construction is a high threat market that makes up a wide range of activities including repair work, building and construction, and/or alteration. Examples include property construction, bridge erection, highway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large scale painting jobs. Building workers take part in many activities that may expose them to severe hazards, such as falling from roofs, unguarded equipment, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.

The details, tools, and resources supplied in these Construction Industry websites are developed to assist those in the industry – whether worker or employer – to identify, reduce, and remove construction-related risks.

How can OSHA assist?
OSHA has actually developed this webpage to supply workers and employers helpful, current details on the Construction Industry. For other important employee protection information, such as Workers’ Rights, Employer Responsibilities and other services OSHA offers, read OSHA’s Workers’ page.

Directorate of Construction (DOC).
Provides office safety requirements and guidelines to ensure safe working conditions for the country’s construction workers; and coordinates with and supplies help to other regulatory firms on the execution and enforcement of major building laws and standards.

Why is fall defense crucial?
Falls are amongst the most typical causes of severe work associated injuries and deaths. Companies need to establish the work location to avoid employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.

What can be done to decrease falls?
Companies must establish the work place to prevent staff members from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA needs that fall security be supplied at elevations of four feet in basic industry offices, five feet in shipyards, 6 feet in the building industry and eight feet in longshoring operations. In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection be supplied when working over dangerous devices and equipment, no matter the fall distance.

To avoid employees from being injured from falls, employers should:.

Guard every flooring hole into which an employee can inadvertently stroll (using a railing and toe-board or a flooring hole cover).
Offer a guard rail and toe-board around every raised open sided runway, platform or flooring.
Regardless of height, if a worker can fall under or onto hazardous machines or equipment (such as a barrel of acid or a conveyor belt) employers must offer guardrails and toe-boards to avoid employees from getting and falling injured.
Other means of fall security that might be needed on specific tasks consist of safety belt and line, safeguard, stair railings and hand rails.
OSHA requires companies to:.

Supply working conditions that are free of known threats.
Keep floorings in workspace in a tidy and, so far as possible, a dry condition.
Select and provide needed individual protective devices at no charge to workers.
Train workers about job threats in a language that they can understand.

Building is a high threat industry that comprises a broad range of activities including alteration, building, and/or repair work. Examples consist of property building, bridge erection, street paving, excavations, demolitions, and large scale painting jobs. Construction workers engage in many activities that might expose them to major threats, such as falling from rooftops, vulnerable machinery, being struck by heavy building devices, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.

OSHA needs that fall security be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry work environments, 5 feet in shipyards, six feet in the building and construction industry and 8 feet in longshoring operations.