Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry


November 19, 2012

Temporary railing around fall hazard

When do workers need to be protected from fall hazards?

Generally, workers must be protected from falls to a lower level of 10 feet or more.

What are the exceptions? Employees must be protected from falls of six feet or more if they're exposed to the following:

  • Holes and skylights in walking/working surfaces
  • Wall openings and windows where the sill height is less than 39 inches above the floor
  • Established floors, mezzanines, balconies, and walkways that have unprotected sides and edges
  • Excavations with edges that are not readily seen because of plant growth or other visual barriers
  • Wells, pits, shafts, and similar excavations


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