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Fall Protection (Construction)
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This topic covers construction-related fall protection systems, programs, and training to protect employees from falls from unprotected sides and edges that are 6 feet (ft) or more above a lower level, and protection from falling objects.

It applies to all construction activities, except when employees are making an inspection, investigation, or assessment of workplace conditions prior to the actual start of construction work or after all construction work has been completed.

There are separate fall protection rules that apply to ladders, stairs, scaffolding, aerial lifts, towers, steel erection, cranes, derricks, hoists, elevators, conveyors, or excavations.

See the Slips and Falls topic for information about slips, trips, and falls in general industry workplaces.


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Interpretations Acceptability of using a ramp to unload parts from a semi-trailer.[1926.501; 1926.501(b)(6)] 06/27/2012National
Interpretations Applicability of fall protection requirements/fall protection for waste collection and landfill activities. 05/09/1995National
Interpretations Clarification of fall protection requirements for open holes on a construction site. 11/17/1998National
Interpretations Fall protection for various lift-devices; restraint, positioning, fall arrest and rescue requirements; maintenance vs. construction examples.[1926.451(g)(1)(vii); 1926.451(g)(4); 1926.453(b)(2)(v); 1926.500; 1926.502(d); 1919.502(d)(20)] 08/14/2000National
Interpretations Fall protection requirements for construction workers doing work while on a roof.[1926.501(b)(1); 1926.501(b)(10); 1926.501(b)(2); 1926.501(b)(12); 1926.501(b)(13); 1926.502(f)(2)] 12/15/2003National
Interpretations Fall protection requirements for installing first three rows of roofing or for removing slide guards from a completed roof with a slope 6-in-12 or less.[1926.501; 1926.501(b)(13)] 11/17/2003National
Interpretations Fall protection requirements for pump jack scaffold railings.[1926.451(g); 1926.451(g)(1); 1926.451(g)(2); 1926.451(g)(4); 1926.452(j)] 03/25/2004National
Interpretations Fall protection requirements for shop-installed shear connectors at 20 feet above ground or a lower level.[1926.754(c)(1)(i); 1926.754(c)(1)] 04/08/2002National
Interpretations Fall protection requirements for work docks/bridges used during bridge construction.[1915.2; 1910.12(a); 1917.1(a); 1926.450(b); 1926.451(g)(1); 1926.106] 02/09/2004National
Interpretations Hoisting personnel into and out of drilled shafts with a drill rig. 02/07/1995National
Interpretations If a fall restraint system could be considered a form of fall protection to be used instead of guardrails, safety lines, or fall arrest systems. 11/02/1995National
Interpretations Life jacket and skiff requirements when working over or near water.[1926.106; 1926.106(d); 1926.106(a)] 12/05/2003National
Interpretations Review residential construction scenarios for alternative fall protection procedures.[1926.501; 1926.501(b)(13); 1926.502(k)] 12/08/2003National
Interpretations The impact on the roofing industry of the OSHA's newly revised fall protection standard. 05/08/1995National
Interpretations 01/19/1994 - Statement of compliance for skylights. 01/19/1994National
Interpretations 02/04/1992 - 1926.105(a) - Fall Protection requirements for steel erection activities 02/04/1992National
Interpretations 02/07/1994 - Equivalency of Roof Creeper Kit Apparatus. 02/07/1994National
Interpretations 03/01/1995 - OSHA policy on steel erection fall protection requirements. 03/01/1995National
Interpretations 03/04/1993 - 1910.97 - Television transmission towers. 03/04/1993National
Directives 03/08/1982 - STD 3-11.1 - Safety Monitoring Systems as it Applies to 29 CFR 1926.500(G)(1) 07/18/2003National
Interpretations 03/09/1999 - Reinforcing steel (rebar) assemblies: questions regarding fall protection and training. 03/09/1999National
Interpretations 04/08/1992 - Sky-Web system for fall protection. 04/08/1992National
Interpretations 04/12/1994 - Policy on fall protection in steel erection. 04/12/1994National
Interpretations 04/21/1994 - Request for Review of Potential 5(a)(1) Citations for Fall Protection in Steel Erection. 04/21/1994National
Interpretations 04/27/1999 - Steel erection: applicability to metal roof systems and fall protection.[1926.750; 1926.105(a)] 04/27/1999National
Interpretations 05/05/1992 - Progress in development of fall protection standards 05/05/1992National
Directives 05/12/1998 - Focused Inspection Program for Intermodal Container Top Fall Protection 07/22/2003National
Interpretations 05/16/2001 - Development of slip-resistance testing methods on structural steel.[1926.754(c)(3)] 05/16/2001National
Interpretations 05/21/1993 - Acceptability of Hatch Net System. 05/21/1993National
Interpretations 05/26/1992 - Review of Super Anchor Fall Arrest Bracket and Restraint Safety Nail. 05/26/1992National
Directives 06/18/1999 - Plain Language Revision of OSHA Instruction STD 3.1, Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction 07/22/2003National
Interpretations 07/01/1999 - Requirements for employees working atop cargo containers being handled by container gantry cranes. 07/01/1999National
Interpretations 07/08/1994 - Fall protection during steel erection activities. 07/08/1994National
Interpretations 07/10/1995 - 1926.104 - Fall Protection in Steel Erection. 07/10/1995National
Interpretations 08/13/1993 - Standard railing specifications. 08/13/1993National
Interpretations 08/25/1995 - Review of a Guard Rail System for compliance with OSHA standards. 08/25/1995National
Interpretations 09/18/1992 - 1926.105 - Fall protection during steel erection and the application to the construction industry. 09/18/1992National
Interpretations 09/25/1995 - 1926.500 - Review of a new product, The Safety Boot. 09/25/1995National
Interpretations 09/26/1995 - 1926.501 - Ironworkers involved in steel erection activities must be protected from falls. 09/26/1995National
Interpretations 09/26/1995 - Fall Protection Standards. 09/26/1995National
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