As a roofing contractor and business owner, you constantly are
making choices. For example, are you going to implement a
comprehensive fall-protection program, provide the necessary
equipment and feel assured each employee has been trained to
perform a safe job, or do you take chances, save money and hope no
one falls? Clearly, the better decision is the former, but
fall-protection options aren't always presented in a clear-cut way.
However, being aware of the best and most up-to-date
fall-protection safety equipment available will help.
Most roofing contractors are familiar with the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) rules for fall
protection in the construction industry (29 CFR 1926.500 Subpart M)
that went into effect in 1995. OSHA standards applicable to the
construction industry, including roofing, are set forth in CFR
1926. General industry standards are set forth in CFR 1910. In some
areas, the sections are the same.
OSHA's goal is to increase the level of protection for
construction employees against injuries from falls. Falls remain a
leading cause of injury and workers' compensation and general
liability insurance losses.
Skylight protection and finding anchorage points for personal
fall-protection systems are especially problematic. OSHA rules
require employers to protect workers from falling into or through
holes and openings in floors and walls and guard floor openings by
a standard railing and toeboards or a cover capable of supporting
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