Duty to Have Protection:
- Each employee shall be protected from falling from exposed sides or edges, and objects falling from work areas 6 feet above lower levels. This protection can be guardrails, personal fall arrest systems, safety nets, or covers.
- Guardrails are the preferred method as they are passive systems that protect workers below from falling objects and workers on the elevated work area from falling off.
- Accepted form of Fall Protection in many situations: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Bridges.
- Can be made of many different types of materials: wood, steel, wire rope, composites.
- The top rail must be able to withstand 200lbs of downward and outward force.
- The mid- rail must be able to withstand 150lbs of downward and outward force. Mid-rails should midway between top rail and working surface.
- Top rails must be 42 inches tall plus or minus 3 inches as measured adjacent to the rail.
- TOE-BOARDS MUST BE USED IF THERE IS THE POSSIBLITY OF THINGS FALLING OVER THE EDGE!
- Must be used when wall openings are larger than 18” wide and 30” tall.