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Fall Protection Laws Are Changing

April 5, 2016

Cecilia De La Rosa

Cecilia De La Rosa

If you’re a contractor who’s ever worked on an older home, chances are you’re familiar with laws regarding fall protection and safety. What you may not know is that fall protection laws are changing.

Workers working on house roof

From OSHA’s most recent newsletter:

Fall Standards are changing starting January 1st, 2017. This is a major change. OSHA is lowering the current 10-foot general fall protection height to six feet. 

In the current regulations, contractors don’t need to have dedicated fall protection for heights 10 feet or below. However starting in 2017, this is changing to 6 feet. Contractors should be quick to address this with their employees and begin proper education to avoid injuries and fines.

They are also prohibiting the use of slide guards as a primary fall protection system starting October 1st, 2017.

Slide Guards are beams of wood or metal mounted or secured to the roof of a home or building which assist in preventing slipping and falling while doing any work on or around roofs.This means that all contractors will need to adapt their safety regulations to be in compliance with the new rules. This also means that contractors should highly consider taking a continuing education course in Fall Protection and Safety in order to stay up-to-date on the newest OSHA requirements.

Join us in the National Safety Stand Down, May 2nd-6th, 2016.

More than 1/3rd of construction related deaths were from falls by elevation in 2015. We’re teaming with OSHA to raise awareness of this dangerous risk to contractors and educate all who are ready to learn about proper safety procedures. Remembers, Falls Cost, but Safety Pays.

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