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The New York City Department of Design and Construction has its own employee safety field reference guide for contractors to abide by the Bureau of Quality Assurance and Construction Safety.
New York City is also in the process of implementing new OSHA training requirements under Local Law 196 that will be fully phased in by May for construction workers and supervisors at certain job sites. By May 1, 2019, workers are required to have a Site Safety Training Card.
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.
Understanding NYC Fall Protection Requirements
When operating in a large city like New York, 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 New York City.
NYC Building Code 1509.8 - How Tall Does Rooftop Guardrail Need to Be in NYC?
Any flat roof building taller than 22 feet needs a full perimeter barrier near the edge at least 42 inches tall. (source)
NYC Building Code 1013.1 - At What Height Do I Need Fall Protection or Guardrail in NYC?
Guardrails are required on any elevated surface above 30 inches. (source)
NYC Building Code 1607.7.1 - What Are the Load Requirements for Rooftop Railing in NYC?
If the rooftop is on a one to two family dwelling or areas not accessible to the general public and have occupancies less than 50, a railing must be able to withstand 20 lbs. per-linear foot and be able to withstand a concentrated load of 200 lbs. in any direction.(source)
NYC Building Code 1013.3 - Do I Need Infill Panels on my Rooftop Railing in NYC?
Yes, guardrails must have an infill that will not allow a 4 inch sphere to pass through.(source)
NYC Building Code 1013.5 - If My Rooftop is Lower Than 22 Feet But I have Mechanical Equipment Close to the Edge, Do I need Rooftop Railing in NYC?
In a scenario that you are not on a roof that exceeds 22 feet but a mechanical unit is within 10 feet of an edge and that edge is 30 inches higher than the lower level, guardrail is still required.(source)
NYC Building Code 1013.6 - If My Rooftop is Lower Than 22 Feet But I have a Roof Hatch Close to the Edge, Do I need Rooftop Railing in NYC?
In a scenario that you are not on a roof that exceeds 22 feet, and a roof hatch is within 10 feet of an edge and that edge is 30 inches higher than the lower level, guardrail is required.(source)
We pride ourselves on not being "just another company trying to sell you something". We take safety seriously and we want to partner with you to make sure you receive the right fall protection solution that meets compliance requirements, protects your workers while they work at height, and reduces liability for your company.