Working in the construction industry is one of the most dangerous occupations due to the hazards roofing lawyers are exposed to. Unfortunately, falls are the number one cause of death in the construction industry. This why employers need a fall protection plan to ensure they are not subjecting workers to avoidable hazards.
What Does Fall Protection Training Look Like?
Since roofers work at varying heights, it is vital that construction companies provide fall protection training on their jobsites to decrease falls. Training begins with an understanding of OSHA standards. Employers should provide OSHA compliant training that teaches workers how to recognize, avoid, and prevent hazards on the job. Workers should be able to rescue themselves or a team member during a fall. Educational materials are available on OSHA’s website for training purposes.
Creating a Fall Protection Program
Falls are caused by unprotected sides, floor holes, ladder misuse, wall openings, and unguarded steel rebars. Employers must create and maintain a fall protection program that includes regular inspections of equipment, jobsite, and other materials to ensure worker protection during roofing work.
Fall Protection Plan
Before implementing a fall protection plan, companies must understand the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules and regulations for fall safety. If roofers will be exposed to drops of six feet or more, OSHA requires the following types of systems:
Fall Arrest System: Allows workers to perform their work at riskier heights and in the event they fall, the system will prevent them from coming into contact with the ground or floor.
Fall Restraint System: Used to stop a worker from reaching an unprotected surface when they lose their footing.
Guardrail System: Placed around a hazard, such as a roof opening, for example, to protect workers from falls.
Positioning System: Allows workers to work with both hands-free on a vertical surface and stops a fall within 2 feet of contact.
Suspension System: Allows workers to work hands-free, but should also be used with a primary fall arrest system.
Each of these systems can serve as a vital component of a roofing company’s fall protection program.
Hire Sound Counsel to Avoid Violations
If you are operating a roofing business but do not understand OSHA’s fall protection requirements, you should consider hiring a knowledgeable roofing lawyer. The lawyers of Cotney Construction Law have a deep understanding of what is required of employers such as fall protection training to reduce falls on your jobsite, the proper fall protection equipment, and how to defend you in the event an injury or death occurs on your jobsite.
If you would like to speak with one of our roofing attorneys, please contact us at 813.579.3278, or submit our contact request form.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.