‘Fall Protection’ Category

Safety Training Resources Connects Cultures with Residential Construction Fall Protection Training and Guidance

Sunday, June 26th, 2011
Latino Roofing Crew

Residential Construction Fall Protection Training and Guidance

On June 21st,  Safety Training Resources hosted a Residential Construction Fall Protection training and guidance class for St. Louis area Latino roofing crews.  Jeff Viehmann, President of Safety Training Resources, organized a training opportunity for several Latino roofing crews that featured Robert Robles, an OSHA Safety Compliance Officer, and Dave Barklage, President of Midwestern Safety Equipment.  The safety meeting also provided an opportunity for Eileen Wolfington, Lead Promoter, to introduce Casa de Salud (House of Health www.casadesalud.org) to those in attendance.

The majority of the information was presented in Spanish and plenty of handouts were provided in support of the fall protection trainingOSHA’s Robert Robles provided training and guidance on the new Residential Construction Fall Protection Standard.  He was also instrumental in fascilitating open discussions about the standard and the responsibiliies of General Contractors, Sub-contractors, and the crews themselves.

Dave Barklage provided expertise in the area of personal fall arrest systems.  He demonstrated how to select, fit, and utilize anchors, harnesses, ropes, and lanyards.  He also provided insight into the various options available to the crews when implimenting best practices to the jobsite. 

Safety Training Resources is actively pursuing additional opportunities to connect safety training with those who need it most.  Safety Training Resources will continue its efforts to improve workplace safety and health conditions while simultaneously providing assistance to Spanish-speaking workers and employers.

Latino Roofing Crews Receive Residential Construction Fall Protection Training and Guidance


Safety Training Resources Raises the Roofer’s Awareness to OSHA’s new Fall Protection Standard

Sunday, June 26th, 2011
 
OSHA announces three month phase-in for residential construction fall protection…

Roofing Crews Need Training and Guidance on the Residential Construction Fall Protection Standard

 

 

The three month phase-in period runs June 16 – September 15, 2011. During this time, if the employer is in full compliance with the old directive (STD 03-00-001),  OSHA will not issue citations, but will instead issue a hazard alert letter informing the employer of the feasible methods they can use to comply with OSHA’s fall protection standard or implement a written fall protection plan. If the employer’s practices do not meet the requirements set in the old directive, OSHA will issue appropriate citations.

If an employer fails to implement the fall protection measures outlined in a hazard alert letter, and during a subsequent inspection of one of the employer’s workplaces OSHA finds violations involving the same hazards, the Area Office shall issue appropriate citations.

Safety Training Resources’ On-Site Consultation Program offers training and guidance  to small and medium-sized businesses.  Safety Training Resources can explain the new directive, Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction (STD 03-11-002), provide a detailed description of the phase-in policy, and offers guidance materials about the requirements for protecting workers from falls.


Safety Training Resources Offers Missouri Residential Contractors Training and Guidance On OSHA’s New Fall Protection Standard

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Falls are the leading cause of work-related deaths among residential construction workers.

Safety Training Resources is helping Missouri contractors prepare for OSHA’s June 16th deadline for implementing the new fall protection standard.  Safety Training Resources is providing training and guidance to better protect workers from the hazards of working at heights.  

On December 16, 2010, OSHA issued STD 03-11-002, Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction, which rescinds STD 03-00-001, Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction, and provides that OSHA will be enforcing 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13) for all residential construction work.  Under 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13), workers engaged in residential construction six (6) feet or more above lower levels must be protected by conventional fall protection (in other words, guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems) or other fall protection measures allowed elsewhere in 1926.501(b). (Although the standard does not mention personal fall restraint systems, OSHA will accept a properly utilized fall restraint system in lieu of a personal fall arrest system when the restraint system is rigged in such a way that the worker cannot get to the fall hazard.) If an employer can demonstrate that the fall protection required under 1926.501(b)(13) is infeasible or presents a greater hazard, it must instead implement a written fall protection plan meeting the requirements of 1926.502(k).

Numerous methods can be used to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities.  The following examples of fall protection represent options for residential contruction workers.  These various methods may be able to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities throughout various stages in the residential construction process.

Installing Roof Trusses

  • Bracket Scaffolds
  • Ladders 

Installing Ridge Poles and Rafters

  • Anchors

Installing Roof Sheathing

  • Safety Net System
  • Bracket Scaffold
  • Anchors

Roofing – Weatherproofing 

  • Bracket Scaffolds

Foundation Walls and Formwork

  • Anchors
  • Scaffolds

Installing Floor Joists and Floor Trusses

  • Anchors
  • Scaffolds

Installing Subfloors

  • Anchors
  • Guardrails

Installing Walls

  • Aerial Lifts
  • Ladders
  • Scaffolds

Interior Finishing

  • Guardrails