At What Height is Fall Protection Required in 2020?
Updated on March 6, 2020
Every safety professional wishes there was a simple answer.
One height across all tasks and industries would certainly make enforcement easier, but this is not the case. OSHA’s intent is to keep people safe across most industries, however, keep in mind that...
What Fall Protection is Required When Working on a Scaffold in 2020
Fall protection regulations consist of some complicated and confusing standards. When exceptions to some of these standards come into play, there’s bound to be some people who get completely lost. To fully understand the fall protection regulation related to scaffolding, you must first...
Three Components of a Personal Fall Arrest System - Part 1: Anchors
Falling while working at height represents the number one cause of death in the construction industry and the number two cause in general industry.
Experience has shown us that people seem to be making the same fundamental mistakes while managing work at height.
The objective of this series...
Three Components of a Personal Fall Arrest System - Part 2: Body Harness
Safety Harnesses are meant to protect your life. But a safety harness that has been worn improperly can put you at risk in multiple ways. This article will equip you with some basic information so that you can ensure you are using your safety equipment effectively.
This is the second article...
Three Components of a Personal Fall Arrest System - Part 3: Connectors
This is the last and final article in a series that covers that basics of personal fall protection. First we took a look at anchor points, secondly we reviewed body harnesses, and now in this last article we look at the devices that connect the anchor and the harness.Third Component...
The Importance of Safety Training
Safety training isn’t just a good idea; OSHA regulations require that your personnel be trained. Often, it is argued that training is unnecessary because the employee in question had many years of experience with the given work. Years of experience will mean that they most likely know how to...
What Does OSHA Consider to be a Hole in the Roof?
Sometimes, when questions seem like they should have obvious answers, we need to dig a little deeper to make sure we’re not making assumptions. When it comes to what OSHA considers a hole in the roof, it would be easy to say, “A hole is a hole.” I mean, we all know what holes look...
Updated OSHA Requirements For Skylight Screens
Changes to OSHA's General Industry skylight screen requirements may have forced you out of compliance.
We have covered in great detail the changes and additions to the Working/Walking Surface rules posed by OSHA back in January of 2017. The focus, however, has been on the specific...
Protecting HVAC Units With Fall Protection
Does this look familiar?
HVAC units are commonly found close to the edge of your roof. Why we insist on putting them there may make sense to the architect or mechanical installer. However, it poses a serious risk to all who need to maintain it.
You're not comfortable sending your...
Do's and Don'ts of Rooftop Walkway Pads
It is common to see paths present on flat rooftops. They are visible by laying down pavers, rubber mats, or something similar, and they meander around the entirety of the roof. Once you have accessed the roof, ideally this path or walkway will lead you to the necessary areas.
10 Fall Protection Tips for 2019
As we venture into a new year, it’s a good time to take stock of where we are and where we’re headed. It’s no secret that falls have been the leading killer in construction for more years than we care to remember and that fall protection (training or otherwise) has led OSHA’s Top Ten list of...
4 Crucial Steps to Ensuring Safety and Avoid OSHA Citations
OSHA exists with the intention of protecting employees as they do their work. It is important that workers are safe, so that we can continue to support ourselves and loved ones. There can be a lot of rules to follow, but knowing and understanding them is crucial to workplace safety. However,...
How Many Roof Anchor Points Do I Need?
There is nothing simple about roof anchor points.
Being that is our aspiration to create simple and safe solutions for all workers at heights, we felt it necessary to address one of our most commonly asked questions.How Many Rooftop Anchor Points Do I Need?
Unfortunately, like many...
How to Know When You Need Fall Protection – A Complete GuideFall protection regulations can be tricky. Depending on what industry you are in, what task you are performing, or what piece of equipment you are using, your requirement to have and utilize fall protection can be anywhere from 0’ to 30’. That’s a big difference without even counting...
The Importance of a Lone Worker Policy
Lone worker safety may be something that companies never think about, as the idea of a one-man crew would be unheard of for the type of work they perform. However, many companies find themselves sending lone workers to perform tasks on a regular basis – whether it’s because budgets...
5 Easy Ways To Increase Safety On Your Rooftop
Companies and OSHA make fall protection safety complicated. Being distracted by technical jargon and confused by the wording of OSHA 1910 can leave you paralyzed from addressing known issues.
We are here to simplify fall protection for you. Rooftops have several areas known for creating...
How To Install Rooftop Guardrail Safely
Great news – you get to install a guardrail system to keep people safe. This guardrail should perform for many years, especially if a highly durable and maintenance free system like KeeGuard has been selected.
However, how do you keep your crew safe during the installation?
What Type of Fall Protection is Most Beneficial to Productivity?
You have employees that work at height. This will require two or more team members working at the same time. You want them to work safely and prevent injury, but fall protection limits productivity with requirements for training, supervision, and equipment inspection.
How do we create a...
What Does A Culture Of Safety Look Like?Safety doesn’t just happen.
When implementing a new safety procedure or system, do you ever consider where it came from and why it has been tasked? Maybe if the task is assigned to the EHS person, those questions are a given.
But let’s say it’s assigned to someone in another...
Is OSHA Compliance for Fall Protection Good Enough?
Every day thousands of you are exposed to a fall hazard in the workplace.
Often times someone has already put forth the work to implement fall protection for you according to OSHA regulations.
But is that really enough?
Ever since the OSH Act in 1970,...
Hunting Safely - Safety Beyond the Workplace
Fall protection isn’t just for the workplace.
Hunting season is here. The weather changes, the wind is right, and the air is cold and crisp. You hear the crunch of the frost covered grass under your feet as you walk cautiously to your ideal hunting spot.
Quickly scanning the woods,...
How to Work Alone Safely at Height (And Why it’s Best Not to)
Working at height is a dangerous task. We would never recommend working alone, but what happens if you have no choice? Make sure you take every precaution you can to ensure the safety of yourself and anyone you are working with. Here are 4 ways to stay safe while working alone.
Fall Protection 101: The Basics Of Fall ProtectionFalls are the number one cause of deaths and the number one cited OSHA violation on constructions site. OSHA regulations can be extensive, and complying with these can be challenging. But don’t sweat it. So back away (6 feet) from the (leading) edge, and let’s talk it through.
Rooftop Debris: Why It’s A Danger And What You Can Do About It
Many don’t think about it except for how much of an eye-sore it can be, but rooftop debris is a dangerous hazard that will compromise your workers’ safety and the facility itself. People can be injured from projectiles, trips, and hidden hazards that would be avoidable if the debris were...
The Cost of a Workplace Rooftop Fall Hits More Than Your Bottom Line
We’ve all heard the news stories about tragic rooftop falls leaving an employee with a tragic injury or worse. Your first thoughts are of the employee and their family. Then the question of whether it was preventable begins to loom. Then you ask, are you making sure your greatest asset –...
Ensuring Your Guardrail Is Mounted Safely
The manufacturer states that the guardrail you purchased will exceed OSHA required loads.
Will it be safe after installation?
Often times we look to the manufacturer of the safety rail to ensure the railing will be strong enough for our application. Whether it be a 200 lbs on the top...