According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the metal manufacturing workforce in America oscillates around 380,000 workers. And the steel industry, in particular, continues to attract more and more employees as it develops. It’s easy to see why: in 2018, global steel production shot up by 4.6 percent compared to the previous year. And according to Trading Economics, steel production in the United States has increased by about 300 metric tons from June to July 2019 alone!
OSHA makes it clear that roof safety is non-negotiable: "Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems." However, how you protect workers from falling can vary depending on the circumstances. Roof lifeline systems are one of your fall protection options.
A quick recap of some noteworthy safety-related news articles from the month of OCTOBER 2019:
New OSHA video: The inspection process, procedures.
The five-minute video describes what occurs during each of the three phases of an OSHA inspection: opening conference, walkaround and closing conference.