In January of 2012 the Safety and Health Department launched several new initiatives designed to “target the deadly dozen hazardous activities that lead to fatalities and disabling injuries". The focus of this article is to highlight some of the serious fall hazards pertaining to steel erection and reinforcing steel installation. Following are job site illustrations that depict some of the primary hazards and regulatory requirements pertaining to fall protection. The standards used in this article reference the minimum requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Some states that operate under State Approved OSHA Plans may stipulate more stringent standards pertaining to fall protection requirements. Additionally, it is common for project safety requirements and contractor safety policies to require more stringent fall protection requirements.
Contact: Steve Rank, Executive Director of Safety and Health, Iron Workers International; email@example.com or (800) 368-0105