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(Non-Hoist) Overhead Hazards

Falling Object Protection [29 CFR 1926.759]

A real, everyday hazard posed to steel erection employees is loose items that have been placed aloft, and that can fall and strike employees working below. The following requirements have been implemented to protect employees from falling objects.

Tip: Schedule work in such a way that employees who work aloft do not work at the same time as those who do work below the steel erection activity.

  • Secure unused equipment, tools and materials while aloft so they do not fall. [29 CFR 1926.759(a)]
  • The controlling contractor must bar other construction processes below steel erection activities, unless overhead protection for employees working below is provided. [29 CFR 1926.759(b)]
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