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Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

April 20, 2015

 

Fall protection: Know the trigger heights

Oregon OSHA's most frequently violated construction rule in 2014 was General fall protection (437-003-1501). Oregon OSHA issued 229 citations (189 serious and 40 repeat) for violations of the rule during that year. This year, General fall protection continues to top the list of most-violated construction rules.

General fall protection establishes the fall-protection requirements for workers who walk or work at heights of 10 feet or higher. The rule has some exceptions, however, which lower the height to 6 feet. These heights are known a "trigger heights" because they set the minimum heights at which workers must be protected from falling. Other construction-industry trigger heights apply to certain types of fixed ladders and to some steel erection activities. Do you know the fall-protection trigger heights for your construction projects?

Fall protection trigger heights

 

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