Fall Protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates fall protection methodology on residential construction jobsites under 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M. These statutes provide minimum requirements for the mitigation of fall risks during erection.  While the approach to fall protection on a particular jobsite is the responsibility of the general contractor or the installer, SBCA has developed guidance component manufacturers can provide to their customers to make OSHA-compliance easier during the installation of their products.

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During the construction of residential buildings, it is sometimes infeasible or it creates a greater hazard to use conventional fall protection systems at specific areas or for specific tasks. A site-specific plan is designed to enable employers and employees to recognize the fall hazards associated with a project and to establish the safest procedures that are to be followed in order to prevent falls.

On residential jobsites, the OSHA recommended approach of safety nets, guardrails and personal fall arrest systems may not provide adequate fall protection. SBCA has created a customizable template for the structural building components industry, which includes links to the specific steps contained in this online approach to erecting an initial truss system.

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The BCSI-B11 Summary Sheet provides guidance to framing crews on how to assess fall hazards while installing trusses on residential construction jobsites.

Toolbox Talks are a key component in harnessing the benefits of safety training and maintaining an effective safety program. These five minute talks highlight common workplace safety issues and general tips for a safe, efficient jobsite including 15 talks related to fall protection.