The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is the main federal agency that enforces safety and health legislation in the workplace. OSHA has established an extensive set of laws regarding fall protection. All Fall Protection System Corp products are built to meet the OSHA requirements and regulations to ensure employee safety.
Why is fall protection important?
Falls are one of the most common causes of work related injuries and deaths. Employers must provide a safe work place and fall protection equipment to prevent employees from falling. Fall hazards include overhead platforms, elevated work stations, holes in the floors and walls, dangerous equipment and machinery, and others.
OSHA requires fall protection at specific elevations for different industries:
To prevent employees from falling, employers must:
OSHA requires employers to:
How do I find out about employer responsibilities and worker rights?
Workers have the right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and employees. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA regional & area offices web page or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
Small Business employers may contact OSHA's free and confidential on-site consultation service to determine potential fall hazards and work with OSHA to correct these hazards. On-site consultations services are separate from enforcement activities and do not result in penalties or citations. To contact OSHA's free consultation service, go to the OSHA on-site consultation web page or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.
Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe there are fall hazards or if their employer is not following OSHA standards. Employees can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or by printing out the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Employee signed complainants are more likely to result in an inspection.