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Guardrails for Fall Prevention

Graham Marshall - Sunday, August 07, 2011

According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, falls from height are the main cause of fatalities in the American construction industry. 

In the period between 2004 and 2008 over 2,050 construction workers died due to falls from height.

That tragic figure represents more than 35 per cent of all construction industry fatalities in the USA in the four-year period.

One in three of those fatalities resulted from workers falling from roof edges or falling through roof openings and skylights.

Such falls can be easily prevented using appropriately engineered temporary guardrails.

Mandatory regulations for guardrails for work at height in the US construction industry are found in OSHA 29 CFR 1926. 

Minimum safety requirements are also prescribed for construction and demolition activities in ANSI/ASSE A10.18 and for modifications and renovations to industrial and commercial facilities in ANSI/ASSE A1264.1.

A plain language version of OSHAs enforcement directive (STD 3.1A) for the construction industry can be found here.

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