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.
Falls are consistently a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities. Considered preventable, OSHA prioritizes enforcement for fall-related hazards and citations lead top ten violations year after year. Employers must provide a safe workplace and fall protection is a leading area of concern. If fall hazards are present, employers must provide fall protection or prevention equipment and ensure use and training on that equipment. Some of the most common fall hazards include working at height or over industrial equipment or machinery, overhead platforms, elevated work stations, openings in the floors and walls, equipment obstructions, and ladder use. Take a look through OSHA's fall protection related standards and rulings:
OSHA 1926.501: Fall Protection General Requirements Standard
OSHA 1926.503: Fall Protection Training Requirements
OSHA 1926.1053: Ladder Safety
OSHA 1910 Subpart D: Walking-Working Surfaces
OSHA 3903: Final Rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards
OSHA Interpretation on Fall Protection over Moving Stock (Trucks, Railcars)
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.