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Duty to Have Fall Protection 1926.501 Fall protection is required when one or more employees have exposure to falls of six feet or greater to the lower.

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2 Duty to Have Fall Protection 1926.501 Fall protection is required when one or more employees have exposure to falls of six feet or greater to the lower level. Surfaces must be inspected before the work begins. Employees are only permitted to be on surfaces that are strong enough to support them. 1

3 Falls are a killer Falls are leading cause of fatalities in construction 150-200 workers are killed each year More than 100,000 injured Overall falls are the 2 nd biggest cause of fatalities in the U.S. (motor vehicle accidents are number one). 2

4 Statistics Falls 33% Struck By 18% Electrical 17% Caught In 18% 3

5 Most Frequently Cited Unprotected sides & edges - Fall protection Fall hazards training program Fall protection - Steep roofs Fall protection - Residential construction 6’ or more Fall protection - Roofing work on low-slope roofs 4

6 Installation floor joists, floor sheathing Erecting exterior walls Setting and bracing roof trusses Roof sheathing Roofing work Working in attics – installing insulation, HVAC, electrical Residential Construction Examples 5

7 Guardrail Systems Safety Net Systems Personal Fall Arrest Systems 7 Fall Protection Systems

8 Guardrail Systems 1926.502(b) 8 Conventional Fall Protection Systems

9 Requirements for guardrail systems include: ◦Top rails 42” +/- 3” ◦Must withstand 200 pounds – 1926.502(b)(1) & 1926.502(b)(3) ◦Mid rails halfway ◦Must withstand 150 pounds – 1926.502(b)(2)(i) & 1926.502(b)(5) ◦Surface the guardrail to prevent punctures, lacerations and the snagging of clothing – 1926.502(b)(6) ◦No steel or plastic banding – 1926.502(b)(8) 9 Guardrail Systems 1926.502(b)

10 10 Guardrail Systems Here we see a 2nd floor perimeter completely protected by a guardrail system.

11 11 Guardrail Systems Guardrails in place during re-roofing activities. Note: The picture on the right lacks protection for the rake edge so some means of protecting this worker (guardrail, safety nets or PFAS) must be used.

12 Fall Hazard 12 Some builders use 24” OC studs for non-load bearing walls. Prior to installation of drywall, temporary guardrail systems must be installed to prevent workers from falling through the studs.

13 Guardrail System 13 Like this!

14 Fall Hazard 14 Each employee on walking/working surfaces shall be protected from falling through holes (including skylights) more than 6 feet (1.8 m) above lower levels, by personal fall arrest systems, covers, or guardrail systems erected around such holes (1926.501(b)(4)). This open-sided stairwell opening can be protected by a guardrail system (and handrail system – 1926.1052(c)).

15 Guardrail System 15 Like this!

16 Safety Net Systems 1926.502(c) 16 Conventional Fall Protection Systems

17 Requirements for safety net systems include: ◦As close as practicable, no more than 30’ below ◦Sufficient clearance to prevent contact with surface or structures below ◦Drop tested or certified ◦Must be inspected weekly and after impact ◦Openings can not exceed six inches 17 Safety Net Systems

18 18 Safety Net Systems These nets have been positioned to prevent falls to the interior of the building. Employers should consult the manufacturer’s instructions and/or a registered professional engineer to ensure proper installation of the net and bracing of the stud walls. Give due consideration to the potential impact load on the net and lateral load on the stud walls in the event of a fall.

19 Personal Fall Arrest Systems 1926.502(d) 19 Conventional Fall Protection Systems

20 A Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) must include the following components: ◦Anchorage ◦Body Harness ◦Connector/Lanyard A PFAS may also include a lanyard, deceleration device, or lifeline. 20 Personal Fall Arrest System

21 Anchorages used for attachment must be capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per employee attached, or must be designed and used as follows: ◦As part of a complete personal fall arrest system which maintains a safety factor of at least two. ◦Under the supervision of a qualified person. Employer should look to the manufacturer’s instructions or the recommendations of a registered professional engineer for proper installation. 21 Personal Fall Arrest System Anchor Point

22 A full body harness distributes the force of the fall over the thighs, pelvis, waist, chest and shoulders Body belts have not been allowed as part of an arrest system since January 1998. 22 Personal Fall Arrest System Full Body Harness

23 The attachment point on a full body harness is a D-ring in the center of your upper back. Be sure to use a size that fits properly. Use with compatible equipment. 23 Personal Fall Arrest System Full Body Harness

24 24 Personal Fall Arrest System Full Body Harness Which worker is wearing the harness correctly?

25 PFAS When stopping a fall, a PFAS must: ◦Limit the arresting force to 1800 pounds. ◦Be rigid so that an employee can not fall more than 6 feet ◦Bring an employee to a complete stop and limit maximum deceleration distance an employee travels to 3.5 feet ◦Withstand 2X potential impact of employee falling 6 ft. or permitted fall distance 24

26 Inspecting Equipment Equipment must be inspected before each use for: ◦Degradation due to ultraviolet light ◦Any other condition that is not normal The following items must be inspected: ◦Tears or other wear ◦Deformed eyelets, D rings or other parts ◦Labels/placards ◦Dirt, grease, and oil 25

27 1926.451 – General requirements Capacity Scaffold platforms at least 18 inches – two boards Scaffold footing – NO concrete blocks Forklifts CANNOT be used for scaffold platforms Tying of scaffold – supporting 4 times base dimension Use proper access to scaffold platforms - NO climbing of braces or frames Damaged parts of scaffolds must be removed & replaced Scaffolds must be inspected by competent person and erected by trained employees Remember falling object protection! Scaffolds 26

28 - Improper bracing on fabricated frame - Securing frames together - Side brackets used for materials - Securing pump jack scaffold poles - Ladder jacks used over 20 feet - Improper ladders used with ladder jacks - Wheels not locked on mobile scaffolds Scaffold Common Citations 27

29 Training for employees who use scaffolds Training for employees who erect scaffolds Retraining on scaffold hazards Scaffold Training 28

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33 Site specific Prepared by a qualified person Copy maintained at jobsite Document why conventional fall protection is not feasible Written measures to be taken to reduce fall hazards to employees Identify locations Identify workers designated to work in locations or areas Fall Protection Plan 32

34 Training Training program for employees (a) – nature of fall hazards (b) – procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting fall protection systems (c) – use and operation of guardrails, personal fall arrest, warning lines, safety monitors, and other protection (d) – fall protection plans (e) – standards in subpart Certification of training Retraining Subpart M – Fall Protection 33

35 Controlled Access Zones (CAZ) 1926.502(g) Only qualified personnel involved in the operation are allowed to enter the zone. Ropes, wires, or chains are used to designate the area. Must be erected not less than six feet nor more than twenty five feet away from edge. Shall be connected on each side to wall. 34

36 Controlled Access Zones (CAZ) 1926.502(g) CAZ must be defined by a control line (strength of 200 pounds) erected 10-15 feet from the edge Lines must be flagged at six foot intervals. 35

37 Covers 1926.502(i) Used to protect personnel from falling through holes in walking surfaces. Covers must be secured in place and the word “Hole” must be written on the cover. Covers must have sufficient strength to support: ◦Twice the weight to be imposed upon it for pedestrians ◦Twice the largest axle weight of vehicle traffic 36

38 What’s wrong here? How would you fix it? 37

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47 In Closing All workers should return safely home to their families every day. Employers must provide workers a place of employment free from recognized hazards. For more free information visit: Would you like help with securing your worksite? INSafe offers FREE workplace health and safety consultation services. Grab a brochure, give us a call or send us an email! (317) 232-2655 Like us on Facebook/IndianaDepartmentofLabor Follow us on Twitter @INDeptofLabor 46

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