Recent technological advances, improved aesthetics and valuable
government incentive programs for photovoltaic (PV) roof systems
have expanded their feasibility to a wider variety of building
types. If you install or are considering installing PV systems, you
may find yourself challenged during the job-hazard analysis project
phase to determine Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) fall-protection rules applicable to PV roof system
In some cases, available fall-protection controls you rely on
may not be applicable to PV system installations. The nature of the
installation and the material used may dictate how you protect your
workers from fall hazards.
Fall protection in the U.S. roofing industry is required under
federal OSHA jurisdiction by the provisions found in 29 CFR
1926.500-503, Subpart M. However, though most OSHA state-plan
states have incorporated these federal fall-protection regulations
and their specific fall-protection control systems into their rules
for worker protection, some state-plan states such as Arizona,
California, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon and
Washington have unique fall-protection requirements that differ
significantly from federal rules. In some states, broader
fall-protection system options for workers are available to select
based on the nature of the work...
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