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Skylight Guardrail Fall Protection

Skylight Without Fall ProtectionDuring rooftop safety assessments, we often ask our clients to point out known fall hazards.  The most frequently mentioned rooftop fall hazard is the building’s leading edge.  From here, some clients mention roof elevation changes or access hatches, but most struggle to identify additional fall hazards that may trigger OSHA violations.  Sometimes the most innocuous feature—for example, a skylight—is the most troublesome omission because folks fail to see the potential dangers posed by areas that appear safe. 

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OSHA Inspection News: What To Expect in 2016

osha logoEach month, we spend time rounding up important OSHA news to share with our readers. This post offers quick takes on changes to OSHA inspection policies for 2016 and offers advice on how to avoid costly fines for safety violations.

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OSHA and Willful Violations: How Prior Knowledge of Fall Hazards Can Hurt Your Company

Let’s assume for the sake of argument you have identified a potential fall hazard in your facility and invited a fall protection company to perform a site assessment.  For the purposes of this post, we will also assume that your fall protection provider agrees with your safety director and identifies a fall hazard that violates OSHA regulations.  This scenario occurs each day, and in most cases, the business owner will ask for a quote to remediate the hazard.  From here, management faces a choice: remediate the hazard or shelve the proposal.  Reasons for declining vary by company, but most of the rationalizations fall into three categories.  Employers will:

  • Choose not to act until OSHA visits or an employee is injured
  • Engineer a “home-made” solution, oftentimes without a qualified person
  • Claim there is no money set aside in the budget to address the fall hazard

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Did You Know?

In construction, any leading edge that is six feet or higher than the surfaces below must be protected from fall hazards?