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Can debris netting be considered a permanent solution to catch concrete debris, and if not, how long is it designed to remain functional and effective?

June 29, 2016, 4:24 pm | Question from Deborah | Category: Safety Netting

Debris nets installation during historical bridge rehabilitation project.Debris netting can be considered and used as a permanent solution to catch and retain concrete debris for long-term projects. Some applications in which it would be used as a continuing solution might be a large bridge rehabilitation project, a historic building restoration, infrastructure debris containment, etc. Read more.

Are safety gates or guardrail needed at the top of every fixed ladder that gives me access to the roof of my building?

May 18, 2016, 2:29 pm | Question from Roland | Category: Guardrails & Skylights

Safety Gates and Guardrail at Top of Fixed Ladder To Roof AccessYes, safety gates and guardrail are needed, because each potential opening or egress point created by a rooftop access ladder must be properly corralled off, combined with a swing gate to prevent an accidental fall through of an exposed rooftop opening, and OSHA regulation 1910.23(a)(2) leaves little room for interpretation. Read more.

Which specific OSHA regulations apply to fall protection for our drivers and other employees climbing onto trucks and flatbed trailers to strap and secure loads?

March 25, 2016, 8:16 am | Question from John | Category: Fall Protection Systems

Portable ladder access system for a tanker truck, loading dock, flatbed truck, bus, or railcar.Several OSHA regulations can and do apply to fall protection for trailers and trucks; however, one specific regulation is broad and encompasses a wide range of applications and instances. It is this particular “gotcha” regulation where emphasis could be applied to trucks and trailers. OSHA 1926.501(b)(1) states: Read more.

After competent person training, do I personally train my employees, or is their own individual training required?

March 23, 2016, 9:11 am | Question from Dan | Category: Fall Protection Training

Demonstration of the proper use of fall protection body harness.In regard to competent person training, OSHA is very clear in their definition of the topics an individual must be trained in to be able to give instruction to company employees. OSHA 1926.503(a)(2) states, “The employer shall assure that each employee has been trained, as necessary, by a competent person qualified in the following areas:” Read more.

How often do I need fall awareness training, and is it voluntary or mandatory by OSHA?

March 21, 2016, 7:42 am | Question from Stewart | Category: Fall Protection Training

Demonstration of on-the-job equipment types to be used by workers when working at height.Fall awareness training, previously authorized user, is mandated by OSHA and must be provided for by the employer in all situations where workers are exposed to the risk of falling while conducting their job. Section 1926.503(a)(1) specifically states, “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.1 Read more.

Can skylight screens be custom engineered to fit over skylights with an irregular shape and size?

February 12, 2016, 11:19 am | Question from Hank | Category: Guardrails & Skylights

Custom engineered skylight screens.Skylight screens are a form of rooftop fall protection that can be retrofitted and installed on top of existing skylights to prevent workers or other employees on the roof from accidentally falling through if they are unprotected or open. These systems are sometimes referred to as safety covers and can be custom designed to fit over any irregular or odd-shaped skylight as needed. Read more.

Does competent person training automatically designate an individual qualified as such within OSHA’s regulatory umbrella?

February 10, 2016, 1:44 am | Question from Maurice | Category: Fall Protection Training

Group demonstration of the use of various types of fall protection equipment.Competent person training does not determine or bestow qualifications within OSHA’s regulatory umbrella. Designations and directives relating to it are issued by and at the company level to certain employees who the company officers and officials believe have sufficient training, knowledge and on-the-job experience to warrant such an appointment. OSHA does not mandate, approve, endorse, or create specific criteria that defines who qualifies as the designated individual. Read more.

Why do fall protection systems as they apply to safety harnesses vary greatly in the cost of materials?

February 2, 2016, 11:48 am | Question from Mike | Category: Fall Protection Systems

Fall protection safety harness with lightweight aluminum and padding for maximum comfort and to ease fatigue.Starting with harnesses, a big driver of the cost of the equipment is ensuring comfort of the worker, so the material used is very important. For example, if you wear a harness all day, moving to lightweight aluminum hardware with a padded/cushioned harness will result is less wear on the body, resulting in more comfort. Equally as important to comfort is safety. Read more.