Donley’s/Blair’s policy is that a fall protection system as outlined below, is required for all employees (Self-performed and Subcontractors) working at heights greater than 6 feet and this applies to all situations including General Fall Protection, Scaffolds, Over Hand Bricklaying, Crane activities, and Steel Erection Activities.
This policy does not apply to working from ladders as long as employees maintain three points of contact and ensure that the center line of their body does not go outside of the side rails of the ladder.
FALL PROTECTION SYSTEMS
The acceptable types of fall protection systems utilized by Blair’s and/or subcontractor employees are Barrier Systems, Personal Fall Arrest Systems, and Safety Net Systems.
Barrier Systems include:
- Guardrail Systems
- Positioning devices
- Warning Line Systems (Only when working on a low slope roof)
- Controlled Access Zones (Only for leading edge, precast concrete erection work, and steel erection activities)
- Covers. For all holes greater than 2” in the smallest direction regardless of depth.
Personal Fall Arrest Systems include:
- Anchorage Points
- Single point
- Vertical lifeline
- Horizontal lifeline
- Retractable lifeline
- Body (Full-body) Harness
- Connection devices (i.e. Lanyards with locking Snap Hooks)
Safety Net Systems include:
- Netting with border rope
Fall Protection Plans
- This option is available only to employees engaged in leading edge work, precast concrete erection work, or residential construction work who can demonstrate that it is infeasible or it creates a greater hazard to use conventional fall protection equipment.
SAFETY REMINDERS - FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT AN APPROPRIATE SYSTEM IS GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION INCLUDING DISMISSAL FROM THE SITE.
DONLEY’S POLICY IS:
WHEREVER THERE IS A POINT OF ACCESS WITH A BREAK IN ELEVATION OF 19 INCHES OR MORE, PROVIDE STAIRWAY; LADDER; RAMP; RUNWAY; EMBANKMENT; OR PERSONNEL HOIST
- Use ladders mainly for climbing to or from other levels. o If you can, work from scaffolds or scissor lifts instead of ladders; they are safer.
- Employees must be trained in ladder use.
- All points of access between levels must be kept clear to permit free passage.
- When a ladder serves simultaneous two-way traffic or ≥ 25 employees in the area, use:
- A double-cleated ladder or ≥ 2 ladders.
- Ladders must not be tied or fastened together to create longer sections.
- ≥ 2 ladders used to access an upper level must be offset with a platform or landing.
- Wood ladders must not be painted with a coating that can hide defects or labels.
- Ladders must not be loaded beyond manufacturer's rated capacity.
- Ladders must be used only on stable/level surfaces unless secured.
- Ladders must have slip-resistant feet.
- Ladders that can be displaced must be secured or barricaded.
- Ladders must not be moved, shifted, or extended while in use.
- Ladders must have nonconductive siderails.
- Keep ladders and tools ≥10 feet away from live overhead power lines.
SAFETY REMINDER - ALWAYS INSPECT A LADDER BEFORE USE!