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Fall Protection Workgroup Meeting Archive



February 24, 2009

Representatives from the following Alliances participated in the Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety and Workgroup Meeting:
  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Construction Safety Executives
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Home Builders Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
During the meeting, the group discussed common construction-related interests and received updates on outreach campaigns, including the American Society of Safety Engineer's (ASSE) 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and the Department of Labor's Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign. The group also received an update from OSHA's Directorate of Construction (DOC), including information on the Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health meeting, Susan Harwood Training Grants and OSHA proposed rules, such as the Cranes and Derricks and Confined Space in Construction. DOC also provided an update on the construction-related products being developed such as QuickCards and guidance documents focusing on skylights, night work and electrical safety. ASSE provided an update on the Design for Safety 2-4 Hour Course, the posting of the "Prevention of Fall Fatalities and Injuries in Construction" slide presentation and an upcoming "Safety in Design" Webinar to be offered in July 2009. The "Strains, Sprains and Material Handling" Subgroup provided a draft copy of the "Prevention of Strains, Sprains and Material Handling Injuries in Construction" slide presentation and the "Strains and Sprains Prevention Toolbox Safety Talk" for the group to review and provide feedback. The Subgroup also provided draft copies of the material handling-related safety tips sheets for review and feedback. The "Case Study and Success Story" Subgroup provided draft copies on case studies focusing on designing for safety when working around skylights and parapets. NIOSH presented an update on the Agency's Prevention Through Design (PtD) initiative and how the Roundtable can help support the concept. An overview of a proposed campaign focusing design for safety (DFS) and fall protection issues in the construction industry was presented as a possible future Roundtable project. Lastly, OSHA provided an overview of the Agency's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), including information about a program changes and two new ways to participate in VPP: Mobile Workforce and Corporate. OSHA plans to hold the next Joint DFS and Fall Protection Workgroup meeting in the fall of 2009 to review and finalize draft compliance assistance products and to identify other projects and activities to be pursued during the winter of 2009/2010. 

September 18, 2008

Representatives from the following Alliances participated in the Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety and Workgroup Meeting:
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Construction Safety Executives
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Scaffolding Industry Association
During the meeting, the group discussed common construction-related interests and further refined the promising project ideas developed at the January 2008 Alliance Program Construction Roundtable. The group received updates on the "Design for Construction Safety 2-4 Hour Course," Design for Construction Safety Web Site, and the OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for Design Engineers. The group also reviewed and provided feedback on the draft "Prevention of Fall Fatalities and Injuries in Construction" slide presentation, received an update on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Prevention Through Design (PtD) initiative, and discussed a White Paper on a proposed national public awareness outreach campaign focusing on fatalities in the construction industry. In addition, the group formed two new subgroups. The first subgroup will focus on strains/sprains and material handling. The second subgroup will develop case studies and success stories related to design for safety and falls in construction industry. OSHA will work with the group to identify a date for the next OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroup meeting in March 2009.

April 22, 2008

Representatives from the following Alliances participated in the Joint Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroup Meeting:
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
  • Construction Institute – American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Safety Council
  • Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
During the meeting, the group discussed a number of initiatives, including enhancing the fall protection slide presentation with a design for safety component and information on residential falls. The group also began working on an outline for a new "Design for Fall Prevention and Protection" slide presentation focusing on the top 10 most frequented falls. The presentation, targeted to designers and business owners, would include information on making the business case for safety and health and construction-related fatalities, the reason or problem that caused the fall, and recommended design changes or solutions to help prevent the fall. In addition, the group discussed a potential national awareness outreach campaign focusing on fatalities in the construction industry targeted to the public, employees, general contractors with a special emphasis on business owners and designers. OSHA provided an update on other national outreach campaigns, including OSHA's Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign and 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. OSHA also reported that the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Design for Safety Workgroup formed a Subgroup that is developing an OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for Design Engineers. The Subgroup has completed a draft outline for the training course. It will meet on May 20, 2008 at OSHA's Training Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois to discuss the course curriculum; including a 90-minute module focusing on design for safety. According to OSHA, the Subgroup will work to finalize the course outline by May 31, 2008 and draft the training program's curriculum for the Design for Safety Workgroup's review by December 2008. ASSE provided an update on the delivery of the "Design for Construction Safety 2-4 Hour Course," including Kentucky's Second Annual Conference on Construction Safety on January 16, 2008 in Lexington, Kentucky; the ASSE St. Louis Chapter Professional Development Conference (PDC) on March 7, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri; and ASSE's June 2008 PDC in Las Vegas, Nevada. OSHA will work with the group to identify a date for the next Fall Protection Workgroup meeting in July 2008.

September 12, 2007

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Washington Group International
During the meeting, the workgroup identified different venues for presenting the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course and determining ways it can be promoted and distributed through OSHA and by the Alliance Program and its participants. The workgroup also discussed promotion and distribution of the Toolbox Talks for Ladders that address issues such as "Do's and Don'ts of Using a Ladder", "Choosing the Right Ladder" and "Set-Up and Use of a Ladder." Lastly, the workgroup is updating the "Fall Protection" slide presentation that was developed by Valcourt Building Services; a member of the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute.

March 15, 2007

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioner Contractors National Association
  • Washington Division of URS Corporation (formerly Washington Group International)
During the meeting, the Fall Protection Workgroup distributed CDs that contained the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" Training Course to the attendees. The Workgroup participants were encouraged to promote the training course through various means, including posting it on their organizations' Web sites. In addition, OSHA agreed to review the Spanish version of the SWRI's "Fall Protection" slide presentation and make edits based on the revised English version. SWRI will post the completed English and Spanish slide presentations on its Web site. The Workgroup also agreed to disseminate the presentations to their members and others in the construction industry. According to OSHA representatives, the agency's Fall Protection National Awareness Campaign will begin in Spring 2008; following the completion of the University of Tennessee's (UT) fall protection study. [NOTE: In April 2007, OSHA learned that the UT study was not funded for FY 2007. However, the study may be funded in FY 2008. As a result, the agency will not conduct the fall protection campaign in FY 2008.] Lastly, the Workgroup reviewed and provided additional comments on the draft ladder safety toolbox talks. OSHA will compile the tool's comments and forward them to the Workgroup for review in order to finalize the talks by the next Fall Protection Workgroup meeting.

August 29, 2006


Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Demolition Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioner Contractors National Association
During the meeting, the Workgroup discussed promoting the Fall Protection Awareness Training Course developed by OSHA's Directorate of Training and Education and the feasibility of developing a Fall Protection Awareness National Campaign. The group also reviewed the "Fall Protection" slide presentation that was developed by Valcourt Building Services; a member of the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (an Alliance Program participant). In addition, the group agreed to develop a series of toolbox talks addressing the following topics: Choosing the Right Ladder, Warning Labels (Do's and Don'ts), Set-up and Use of Ladder, How to Extend a Ladder, A-Frame Ladder and Inspection of Ladder.

May 16, 2006

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • National Demolition Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Group International
The Workgroup was informed that OSHA's Office of Training and Education would consider the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course completed if the group has no additional comments. In addition, the group discussed different venues for presenting the course and ways the course can be promoted and distributed, expressed particular interest in developing a National Awareness Campaign and agreed to further discuss how to present, promote and distribute the training course at its next meeting. Finally, the Workgroup agreed to begin developing toolbox talks on aerial lifts, built-up scaffolding and suspended scaffolding at the July 28, 2006 meeting.

January 31, 2006

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Demolition Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Group International
The workgroup made several suggestions to the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course, developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education. The training program is designed for construction industry audiences including small business owners, trainers, foreman and workers. As a result, the Workgroup agreed to begin developing toolbox talk materials, with photographs and diagrams, for construction industry foreman and supervisors to use to educate supervisors and workers about industry safety and health hazards. In addition, the Workgroup completed the Fall Protection Safety Tips Sheets for Employers and Employees. Alliance participants were encouraged to post the Tips Sheets on their Web pages and disseminate the materials to their members and others in the construction industry.

October 11, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Group International
The workgroup made several suggestions to the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education. This included adding a list of the available Harwood Grant materials along with OSHA's fall protection materials, including videos; and identifying any Regional Alliance fall protection products to review for inclusion in the training materials. The workgroup agreed that it should continue its activities and develop new projects, including toolbox talk materials that contain photos and pictures and is customized for the various construction trades.

August 1, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling
The workgroup made several suggestions to the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education, including removing steel erection from the entire training program and converting "Appendix C – Job Hazard Analysis Questions" into checklists for ladders, scaffolding, etc. In addition, the group provided suggestions such as re-ordering the tips on the Fall Protection Safety Tip Sheets for Employers and Employees and recommended posting the final tip sheets on a participant's Web page. The workgroup agreed to identify future products and FY 2006 goals at its next meeting.

May 2, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • Belfor USA
  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors of North America
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
The group reviewed and provided comments on a draft article that identifies fall protection best practices. The group agreed that simple, generic Tip Sheets would be a practical and faster way for the group to reach their own industry-specific case studies or success stories. The group reviewed the draft fall protection training program developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education and agreed to provide comments. Finally, the group agreed that the "Summary of Fall Protection Studies" document developed by OOSA and OCS provides a good summary of existing data on fall fatalities. The group agreed to review draft Safety Tip Sheets for both employers and employees at the next meeting and to provide comments on the fall protection training course to OSHA.

January 31, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • International Safety Equipment Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America
The Data Sub-group was updated on initial research done by the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA) and the Office of Construction Services (OCS) on fatalities in residential construction. Using the Accident Investigation Summaries from OSHA's IMIS database, OOSA and OCS compiled some general information on fatal falls in residential construction in FY 2003. OOSA and OCS also distributed a summary of this research, which includes the average age of the deceased, month and day of week of the incident, SIC code, Region, State, union status, size of employer, project cost, fall distances, and fatality cause.

The Sub-group decided to expand the data collection by gathering priority information resident in their own organizations or system and identifying sources for some of the industry-wide information.

The Training Sub-group focused on developing training objectives for training for OSHA staff and training for business owners and workers. As a result, the sub-group decided to gather tips on hazard recognition/fall protection best practices from their organizations or systems (to be considered for content for an article for employers. The group discussed the means of distributing the best practices article, along with other safety and health information, especially to small businesses, in non-urban centers, who do not belong to business organizations.

November 8, 2004

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling
The group agreed to focus on obtaining specific data on fall protection related accidents and fatalities in order to develop specific training and education programs to address these issues. As a result, the Office of Outreach Services and Alliance, the Office of Construction Services and the Office of Statistical Analysis gathered the necessary information including, what circumstances the fatalities occur most often and with whom; age and work experience of the employees, type of work site, level of employee education, and weather conditions. The workgroup agreed that the training programs would depend on factors such as the products that will be developed, the means of delivery and the audience that the training will be designed for.