Those measures include priority free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency, and increased outreach. OSHA says it has performed more than 3,000 on-site visits, conducted close to 1,100 training sessions and delivered close to 500 presentations in an effort to assist employers in complying with the new directive.
Fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace death in construction.
An ongoing study on fall prevention in residential construction currently being conducted via the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) notes that there are a number of factors responsible for construction falls, including training and behavior, employer practices and safety culture, and the availability of fall prevention and fall arrest equipment.
Among the findings:
The researchers, led by Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH, determined that fall prevention technologies to protect workers during roof truss layout and installation can be effective. After piloting the “wall-walker” hanging scaffold system at 15 worksites, they found fall risks decreased due to less work from ladders and less walking on the truss.
“Most crew members found the system easy to use,” the researchers noted.