The OSHA Fall protection Standards are only the start of a proper fall protection program. Analysis of your hazards should include working surfaces both outside and inside, elevated work surfaces, roof access, use of ladders and rolling stairs, scaffolding, and falling object hazards.
There are significant differences between the Construction and General Industry Standards. Many maintenance employees are performing construction work and fall under the 1926 fall protection Construction Standards. How do you effectively manage these differences?
The selection of fall protection systems may include personal fall arrest, work positioning, fall restraint, horizontal and vertical lifelines, guardrail and safety net applications. Application of these systems is critical in preventing contact with lower levels or other potential hazards. Understanding swing hazards with self-retracting lifelines, fall distances with lanyards/deceleration devices, and proper deflection of flexible horizontal lines requires technical expertise that CTTCI can supply.
You of course have assessed and have a plan for a suspended employee to be rescued?
Other issues abound with fall protection in elevated lifts such as working over or near water and “holes” including skylights and some roof vents. Are vendors working on your roof? How are they protecting their employees and you?
CTTCI can analyze your fall hazards, select the correct systems, train employees, work with first responders for rescue, and develop written programs when required.