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Like most large cities in the United States, Minneapolis has some specific regulations when it comes to roof fall protection. The Minnesota State Building Code was established in 1965 and has been the standard to protect citizens. In 2008, legislation established for the first time that the State Building Code supersedes all local regulations for the construction of buildings. The Minnesota Building Code has adopted the 2012 International Building Code.

The 2015 Minnesota Building Code regulates the design, construction, addition, alteration, repair, use and location of all buildings and structures other than those regulated by the 2015 Minnesota Residential Code. The IBC building code is incorporated in Minnesota Rules, chapter 1300. The rule adopts Chapters 2 through 33 and 35 of the IBC.

The code is administered by the state Department of Labor and Industry’s (DOLI) Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD) in conjunction with cities, townships, and counties throughout the state.

Understanding and meeting those requirements can seem overwhelming, but we are here to help. 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.

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Understanding Minneapolis Fall Protection Requirements

When operating in a large metropolitan area like Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 area.

Minnesota State Building Code 1012.2 - What is the Handrail Height Requirement?

Handrail height needs to be at least 30 inches and not more than 38 inches depending on the surface. A handrail needs to be secure enough to provide stability and a continuous guide along a stair or platform. (source)

Minnesota State Building Code 1013.2 - Where is a Guard Required?

Guards are required along any open-sided walking surface that is more than 30 inches above the ground and 36 inches from the edge. (source)

Minnesota State Building Code 1013.3 - How Tall Does the Guardrail Need to Be?

The guardrail height needs to be at least 42 inches. (source)

Minnesota State Building Code 1013.7 - At What Distance Do I Need a Guardrail from a Roof Hatch?

If 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. (source)

Minnesota State Building Code 1607.8.1. - At What Load Should Handrails and Guards be Designed to Hold?

Handrails and guards shall be designed to resist a linear load of 50 pounds per linear foot. Handrails and guards shall also be designed to resist a concentrated load of 200 lbs. (source)

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