What are the most frequently cited serious violations of the fall protection provisions?
- Failure to protect workers from falls of 6 feet of more off unprotected sides or edges, e.g. floors and roofs. (1926.501(b)(1); (b)(10); and (b)(11))
- Failure to protect workers from falling into or through holes and openings in floors and walls. (1926.501(b)(4) and (b)(14))
- Failure to provide guardrails on runways and ramps where workers are exposed to falls of 6 feet or more to a lower level. (1926.501(b)(6))
- Fall protection is required when working at or above 6′ per OSHA.
- Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. The use of body belts for positioning and restraint is acceptable.
- Personal fall arrest systems must be rigged in such a way that an employee can neither free fall more than 6′ nor contact a lower level. (OSHA)
- Effective January 1, 1998 only locking type snaphooks shall be used.
- Personal fall arrest systems must bring an employee to a complete stop and limit the maximum deceleration distance an employee travels to 42″.
- Lanyards are to be secured… limiting the fall distance to 6′.
- Personal fall arrest systems must limit the maximum arresting force on an employee to 1800 pounds.
- Anchorage points must be capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per person.
- All fall protection equipment must be inspected twice annually in California. (CalOSHA)