Fall Protection Systems

OSHA safety and health regulations for construction require certain employers to provide a fall protection system for their workers. Generally, fall protection must be provided to employees who work on surfaces 6 feet or more above a lower level.

Generally, fall protection systems must be provided when an employee is working under the following conditions:

Generally, when working on surfaces with edges, fall protection must be provided when:

  • A walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) has an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet or more above a lower level.
  • Constructing a leading edge of a surface, and the leading edge is 6 feet or more above lower levels.
  • A walking/working surface 6 feet or more above has a lower level where leading edges are under construction, but the employee is not engaged in the leading edge work by himself or herself.

When performing bricklaying, roofing, and residential construction, fall protection must be provided when:

  • Performing overhand bricklaying and related work 6 feet or more above lower levels.
  • Engaged in roofing activities on low-slope roofs, with unprotected sides and edges 6 feet or more above lower levels.
  • Working on a steep roof with unprotected sides and edges 6 feet or more above lower levels.
  • Engaged in residential construction activities 6 feet or more above lower levels.

Other work conditions for which fall protection must be provided to employees include the following:


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