OSHA safety standards, especially for roof fall protection, can be a source of confusion for many industrial companies. Two OSHA standards can apply – 29 CFR 1910, which governs “general industry” safety standards and 29 CFR 1926, which governs construction sites specifically. The OSHA general industry standards exclude construction (as well as agriculture and marine industries, which also have their own standards), but both standards can sometimes apply to the same worksite at different times. Determining which one you should adhere to can be a challenge.
If you're a construction worker or safety manager, you know that rooftops are full of accidents waiting to happen. In fact, falls are the most common cause of workplace injury and death in the construction industry. Injuries from falls can have a devastating effect on an employee’s emotions, finances, and health, not to mention on their family. What's more, the costs associated with a fall can take quite a financial toll on a business. For all of these reasons, it is so important to understand the risks involved with construction work, enact proper rooftop safety procedures, and use appropriate roof fall protection.