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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 03/01/1995 - OSHA policy on steel erection fall protection requirements. 03/01/1995National
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 04/27/1999 - Steel erection: applicability to metal roof systems and fall protection.[1926.750; 1926.105(a)] 04/27/1999National
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
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 08/25/1995 - Review of a Guard Rail System for compliance with OSHA standards. 08/25/1995National
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
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 3-13.1 - Clarification of 29 CFR 1926.603(a)(8), Related to Tying Off Loft- Workers, Top-Men and/or Pile Monks 07/09/2003National
Interpretations 11/02/1995 - Several clarifications concerning construction safety. 11/02/1995National
Interpretations 12/23/1994 - 1926.501 - Fall protection during rebar assembly construction. 12/23/1994National
Interpretations 1910 - The new fall protection provisions of Subpart M and their application to various types of aerial lifts. 03/27/1995National
Interpretations 1926 - Fall Protection Plans--Enforcement Policy. 07/12/1995National
Interpretations 1926.104 - Body belts used for climbing power transmission poles. 08/21/1992National
Interpretations 1926.105 - Fall Protection during Steel Erection 02/07/1992National
Interpretations 1926.150 - Portable firefighting equipment. 04/19/1993National
Interpretations 1926.21 - OSHA standards addressing training for employees using personal fall arrest equipment. 03/14/1995National
Interpretations 1926.269 - The impact on the roofing industry of OSHA's newly revised fall protection standard. 03/30/1995National
Interpretations 1926.500 - OSHA's New Fall Protection Standard for the Construction Industry. 09/25/1995National
Interpretations 1926.500 - OSHA's new fall protection standards for construction will prohibit use of safety belts with side dee rings as part of a personal fall arrest system. 09/25/1995National
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