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Fall protection safety talk


Fall protection safety talk

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires workers to have a fall protection system when working at the height of six feet or more above a lower level, regardless of the pitch on a roof. Workers face fall hazards in various ways from working around the unguarded edge of a building, while standing on top of large industrial units to fall hazards related to working from lifts.

Areas to consider:

  • Ensure the appropriate ladder is being used for the task; if the ladder is fixed or an interior roof access, ensure the condition is good and use a body harness with attached D- ring to ascend and descend where needed
  • Do not travel to heights with tools in hand; pull tools up afterwards
  • Parapet walls should be 39” or higher to be adequately used as fall protection
  • Temporary railing can be used when there is no existing wall or parapet
  • When work is performed on a flat roof there must be, at a minimum, a warning line 6 feet from the edge with a monitor
  • A rope grab with a clamp anchor can be secured and used when working on a suspended unit and standing on a ladder
  • When scaffolds are used, they should be erected, inspected and dismantled by a competent person
  • Any time work is done from an aerial lift, the worker should be tied of with a fall arrest system


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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