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Fall Protection that Goes Above and Beyond Protecting Your Workers and Your Company
Philadelphia is like most cities in the United States with specific rooftop fall protection requirements, including building codes and safety training.
OSHA and the City of Philadelphia are committed to the safety of others. They developed a new interagency collaboration with the City's Department of Licenses and Inspections to enhance contractor oversight and prevent catastrophes by employing three distinct strategies:
Improved Communications and Referrals
Focused Training and Cross-Training
Annual Reporting System
The City of Philadelphia embraced the State of Pennsylvania's Act 45, the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) in July 2004. The UCC includes very specific regulations regarding the administration and enforcement of construction codes.
In accordance with the Pennsylvania UCC, the Commonwealth adopted the 2015 International Code Council's (ICC) family of codes and became effective October 1, 2018.
Understanding Philadelphia's Fall Protection Requirements
When operating in a large metropolitan area like Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia area.
1910.28(b)(13)(iii)(A) - Where is a Guardrail Required?
A guardrail system, safety net system, or personal fall arrest system must be used when work is performed 15' or more from the roof's edge. (source)
1910.29(b)(1) - How Tall Does the Guardrail Need to Be?
The guardrail height needs to be greater than 42 inches. It may exceed 45 inches, provided the system meets all other criteria. (source)
1910.29(b)(3) - What are the Load Requirements for Guardrail Systems?
Guardrails must be able to withstand a force of at least 200 lbs. Guards shall be designed to resist a linear load of 50 pounds per linear foot. (source)
1910.29(f)(1)(i) - How Tall Does a Handrail Need to Be?
Handrail height must be between 30 inches and 38 inches.A handrail needs to be secure enough to provide stability and a continuous guide along a stair or platform. (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.