Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in longshoring operations.
OSHA offers best practices on avoiding injuries and illness for the oil and gas industry. Even though you may be wearing protective gear to prevent slips, trips and falls, they still happen. The following guidelines should be used to either prevent slips, trips and falls or to minimize the consequences if they should happen.