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Fall Protection that Goes Above and Beyond Protecting Your Workers and Your Company
Like most large cities, Boston has requirements for keeping rooftop workers safe on the job. In Massachusetts alone, 67 workers on average die as a result of fatal occupational injuries each year. OSHA has implemented Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) in Massachusetts. FACE’s goal is to learn more about factors that contribute to fatal occupational injuries and to use this information to develop recommendations for future prevention.
We want to partner with you and help you understand exactly what fall protection requirements you need to meet and the best methods for implementing fall protection solutions.
Understanding Boston Fall Protection Requirements
When operating in a large metropolitan area like Boston, you will need to meet federal OSHA requirements as well as the local building code. To help you, we’ve outlined the most important federal and local requirements for fall protection systems in the Boston area.
IBC 1015.2 - Where is a Guardrail Required?
In a scenario that you are on an elevated walking surface 30 inches above the ground and 36 inches from the edge, a guardrail is required.
IBC 1015.3 - How Tall Does the Guardrail Need to Be?
The guardrail height needs to be at least 42 inches. Midrail needs to be halfway between the top rail and the ground.
IBC 1015.7 - At What Distance Do I Need a Guardrail from a Roof Hatch?
In a scenario that you have a roof hatch that is within 10' of an edge and that edge is 30 inches higher than the lower level, guardrail is required.
IBC 1607.8.1 - What are the Load Requirements for Handrails and Guards?
Handrails and guards must be able to withstand a linear load of 50 lbs per linear foot.
IBC 1607.8.1.1 - What are the Concentrated Load Requirements for Handrails and Guards?
Handrails and guards must be able to withstand a concentrated load of at least 200 lbs.
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