NRCA Webinar Recording: How the New OSHA Fall Protection Rules Affect You (electronic item)
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If you missed the Jan. 10, 2011 webinar addressing OSHA's new interim compliance guidelines about fall-protection, this webinar recording is for you!
On Dec. 16, 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it was rescinding the "interim enforcement rule" that allowed for the use of slide guards on certain residential roofs with slopes up to 8-in-12. By rescinding the rule, OSHA now requires contractors use either safety nets, guardrails or personal fall-arrest systems (harnesses and lanyards) on all roofs with slopes exceeding 4-in-12 when the height from one elevation to another is more than 6 feet. Other fall-protection systems, such as slide guards, can be used if conventional fall-arrest systems are found to be infeasible or create a greater hazard; they can only be used, however, with a written, site-specific fall-protection plan. And fall-protection plans only can be used for residential structures, specifically homes and townhouses. They no longer are allowed on nonresidential buildings.
This action was taken despite survey results NRCA presented to senior OSHA officials that showed the risk of accidents and injuries increases when personal fall-arrest systems are used; the biggest problem is tripping. The action also was taken despite a meeting NRCA held with OSHA in December 2010 when NRCA was assured there would be an opportunity for more dialogue before action was taken. NRCA is extremely disappointed by this action and is assessing all options available, including the possibility of filing suit against the agency.
This webinar recording features NRCA's risk management expert Tom Shanahan who walks the listener through the new rule and its implications, answers questions and discusses next steps.
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