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Thank you for viewing this presentation and learning about OSHA's fall protection policies for residential construction. This presentation will explain recent changes in our residential construction fall protection policy and tell you about the requirements employers must meet to protect their workers. It is also designed to share procedures and equipment in use today by some contractors, to meet the challenges of protecting residential construction workers who perform work six feet or more above lower levels.
Between 2005 and 2009, nearly three (3) workers, on average, died in a construction related incident everyday and at least one of those was from a fall. Almost every week during that same period, one or more of those fall death occurred on a residential construction project. And, nearly every month, a worker employed in a residential construction job died as a result of a fall from roof.
These falls could have been prevented.
These workers did not have to die.
Last December, OSHA rescinded an old policy directive that allowed residential construction employers to follow alternative fall protection methods instead of using conventional fall protection, like safety nets, personal fall arrest or guardrail systems. As of June 16, 2011, residential construction employers must comply with 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13).
No worker should have to pay with their life trying to make a living. Our hope is that we can we can work together to prevent falls and save lives. I hope you will gain useful information from this presentation.
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA