Residential Construction Fall Protection
According to OSHA statistics, falls are the leading cause of fatalities among residential construction workers. Although there is a widespread belief in the industry that fall protection is neither cost effective nor practical, advances in system design mean there is no reason to jeopardize worker safety in the name of efficiency. By partnering with a fall protection company familiar with the unique nature of the residential construction industry, cost effective solutions that ensure worker safety and OSHA compliance are achievable without compromising productivity.
We are a complete turnkey provider of fall protection systems designed for the residential construction industry and have years of design and installation experience in this market sector. Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection safety requirements.
Residential Construction Fall Protection Design Considerations During residential construction, OSHA regulations clearly state some form of fall protection must be available. The system design may take many shapes and forms, including guardrails, temporary and permanent single point anchors, portable horizontal lifelines, and scaffolds. Using these highly effective forms of fall protection during foundation work, concrete finishing, roofing, installation of trusses, walls, floors and sub-floors can protect contractors from unprotected leading edges without compromising efficiency. It is important to note that fall protection is also important during the final interior finishing stages of construction near stairways and landings. AT DFP, we appreciate the unique nature of the residential construction industry’s access points, fall hazards, and the need for fall arrest solutions that are tailored to your specific application. Furthermore, it is extremely helpful to understand the types of materials and conditions associated with the site in en effort to provide you a recommendation that is specifically tailored to your needs. Our proven track record of training personnel in the safe use of temporary fall protection systems designed for residential construction will keep your employees safe and your construction site in compliance with all OSHA fall protection regulations. To learn more about fall arrest systems for the residential construction industry, or to discuss your application, contact the fall protection specialists at DFP for more information.
- Single Point Anchors
- 1926.502(d) 'Personal fall arrest systems.' Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section.
- 1926.502(d)(15) Anchorages used for attachment of personal fall arrest equipment shall be independent of any anchorage being used to support or suspend platforms and capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds (22.2 kN) per employee attached, or shall be designed, installed, and used as follows:
- 1926.502(d)(15)(i) as part of a complete personal fall arrest system which maintains a safety factor of at least two; and
- 1926.502(d)(15)(ii) under the supervision of a qualified person.
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