Per OSHA Fall Protection regulations, “Employers are required to assess the workplace to determine if the walking/working surfaces on which employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to safely support workers.”
In order to prevent accidents at high altitudes the utilization of collective fall protection is often employed as a precautionary measure to protect people. Implementation of blocking devices helps to mitigate accidental falls from dangerous elevations, from an access point, or leading edge, on a roof, building, walkway, or other potentially hazardous location.
Fall protection in all workplaces and traffic routes need to be higher than 1m above the ground or a sufficient level. This also applies to hatches, skylights and openings of any kind. Locations specifically include, but are not limited to:
- Controlled Access Zones
- Evacuation Areas
- Leading Edges
- Holes (Including Skylights)
Guardrail Systems For Collective Fall Protection
If the employer chooses to use guardrail systems to protect workers from falls, the systems must meet the following criteria. Toprails and midrails of guardrail systems must be at least one-quarter inch (0.6 centimeters) nominal diameter or thickness to prevent cuts and lacerations. If wire rope is used for toprails, it must be flagged at not more 6 feet intervals (1.8 meters) with high-visibility material. And more …
Whatever the safety application need, an OSHA compliant solution can be found within the Kee Safety categories of collective fall protection products. Explore our collective fall protection products below.