Workers must be able to recognize the common trip and fall hazards that can be found during construction and all workers have the right to be protected from fall hazards.
Trip and fall hazards are present in any construction project, including
OSHA Standard 1926.503(a)(1) The employer shall provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.
OSHA Standard 1926.25(a) During the course of construction, alteration, or repairs, form and scrap lumber with protruding nails, and all other debris, shall be kept cleared from work areas, passageways, and stairs, in and around buildings or other structures.
Floor holes are one of the most common trip and fall hazards found in construction areas.
OSHA defines a hole as a gap or void 2 inches (5.1 cm) or more in its least dimension, in a floor, roof, or other walking/working surface.
OSHA Standard 1926.501(b)(4)(ii) Each employee on a walking/working surface shall be protected from tripping in or stepping into or through holes (including skylights) by covers.
Workers must recognize possible fall hazards when working at heights above 6 feet from a lower level.
Never stand on the mid or top rail of the guardrail system on an elevated platform. Keep both feet firmly planted on the basket floor.
Never lean out over the top rail of the elevated platform.
OSHA Standard 1926.453(b)(2)(iv) Employees shall always stand firmly on the floor of the basket, and shall not sit or climb on the edge of the basket or use planks, ladders, or other devices for a work position.
Workers on elevated platforms such as aerial or boom lifts shall ensure personal fall arrest system is always worn.
Always inspect fall arrest equipment before use each time.
Before operating any aerial lift, conduct a pre-use inspection of the work area looking for any issues that could cause a tip-over hazard like unstable or uneven ground, inclines, floor holes or clutter.
OSHA Standard 1926.1052(c)(1)(i) Stairways having four or more risers or rising more than 30 inches (76 cm), whichever is less, shall be equipped with at least one handrail.
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