Steel erection standard may apply to fall
Roofing contractors generally refer to the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Subpart M, 29 CFR
§1926.500-503, for information regarding fall-protection
issues involved in roofing work. However, in certain instances,
Subpart R, OSHA's steel erection standard, may apply to fall
hazards during some roofing work.
Subpart R applies to employers "engaged in steel erection," and
some roofing activities are covered by this subpart when they
"occur during and are part of steel erection activities." Such
activities include metal roofing and accessories, architectural and
ornamental metal work, and skylights. Workers engaged in steel
erection activity on a walking and/or working surface with an
unprotected side or edge greater than 15 feet above a lower level
must be protected by guardrails, personal fall-arrest systems,
safety nets, fall-restraint systems and/or positioning device
Additionally, a controlled decking zone (CDZ) may be established
in an area of a structure more than 15 feet and up to 30 feet above
a lower level where metal decking initially is being...
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