Oregon OSHA recently updated its Fall protection for construction activities publication, which includes the changes in Subdivision 3/M fall protection rules that happened Jan. 1, 2017. Printed copies will be available in mid-February.
What is a ladder grasping device?
When you use a portable ladder to access an upper landing, the side rails must extend at least three feet above the landing. If that's not possible, then the ladder must be secured at its top to a rigid support that will not deflect, and you must ensure that you can safely get off the ladder and onto the landing. You will need what Oregon OSHA's Ladders rule for the construction industry calls a "grasping device," or a grab rail [See 1926.1053(b)(1)].
We frequently get calls and emails from folks asking, "Which of your rules have requirements for…" You can finish the sentence with key words like "recordkeeping," "employee training," and "respiratory protection."
Wouldn't it be nice to know what rules have such requirements? We thought so...
The 16th annual Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit happens at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center.
Keynote speakers Jeff Deswert (Kirby Nagelhout Construction) and Todd Taylor (Taylor NW) share their "Journey to the Commitment" of safety and how that commitment has contributed to the success of their companies and careers.