30 May Hazard Overview – Industrial Roof
Fall hazards are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities in the World. As per OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, USA), falls from elevated surfaces such as roofs, skylights, and unprotected edges of buildings are considered significant hazards. Here’s an overview of OSHA’s guidelines for fall protection measures related to access points, unprotected skylights, and unprotected edges of buildings:
Access points are locations where workers must climb to gain access to elevated work areas such as roofs, mezzanines, or platforms. OSHA requires that employers provide guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems for workers who are exposed to falls of six feet or more. Employers must also ensure that access points are designed and maintained to prevent falls, including providing stable and secure ladders, scaffolds, safety gates and stairways.
Skylights are a common feature of many roofs and provide natural light to interior spaces. However, unprotected skylights can pose a fall hazard to workers who may accidentally step on them or fall through them. Standards require that employers cover or guard skylights with a screen or a railing that can withstand a force of at least 90 kg applied at any point. Employers must also ensure that workers are trained to recognize and avoid the hazard posed by unprotected skylights.
Unprotected Edges of Buildings:
Unprotected edges of buildings such as roofs, edges, and balconies can pose a significant fall hazard to workers who are performing work or walking near them. OSHA requires that employers provide guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems for workers who are exposed to falls of six feet or more. Employers must also ensure that guardrails are capable of withstanding a force of at least 200 pounds applied at any point and are designed to prevent workers from falling off the edge of a building.
In summary, the law requires employers to provide appropriate fall protection measures for workers who are exposed to fall hazards such as access points, unprotected skylights, and unprotected edges of buildings. Employers must ensure that these hazards are identified, assessed, and addressed through the implementation of engineering controls, administrative controls, and/or the use of personal protective equipment. Employers must also ensure that workers are trained to recognize and avoid fall hazards and that equipment is properly maintained and inspected.
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