OSHA REGULATIONS & INFORMATION

Although the safety and well-being of your employees is always your chief concern, purchasing EverGuard skylight protectors help you stay in compliance with OSHA regulations, too.

The specific provisions requiring you to protect your skylight are:

29-CFR, Reg. 1910.23 “Guarding floor and wall openings and holes.”
(a)(4) Every skylight floor opening and hole shall be guarded by a standard skylight screen or a fixed standard railing on all exposed sides.
(e)(8) Skylight screens shall be of such construction and mounting that they are capable of withstanding a load of at least 200 pounds applied perpendicularly at any one area on the screen. They shall also be of such construction and mounting that under ordinary loads or impacts, they will not deflect downward sufficiently to break the glass below them. The construction shall be of grillwork with openings not more than 4 inches long or of slatwork with openings not more than 2 inches wide with length unrestricted.

29-CFR, Reg. 1926.501 “Duty to have fall protection.”
(a)(2) The employer shall determine if the walking/working surfaces on which its employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to support employees safely. Employees shall be allowed to work on those surfaces only when the surfaces have the requisite strength and structural integrity.
(b)(4) “Holes.”
(b)(4)(i) Each employee on walking/working surfaces shall be protected from falling through holes (including skylights) more than 6 feet (1.8 m) above lower levels, by personal fall arrest systems, covers, or guardrail systems erected around such holes. (b)(4)(ii) Each employee on a walking/working surface shall be protected from tripping in or stepping into or through holes (including skylights) by covers.
(b)(4)(iii) Each employee on a walking/working surface shall be protected from objects falling through holes (including skylights) by covers.

Although OSHA is ultimately responsible for assessing penalties for violation of these regulations, OSHA codes require a penalty of not less than $5,000 per violation, and not more than $7,000 per violation1. Considering the number of skylights that many buildings have, can your company afford an OSHA inspection that finds unprotected skylights?
1 - http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02-00-148-3-09.pdf

Did you know? ...

  • Falls from elevation account for one third of all deaths in construction.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.
  • Most fatalities occur when employees fall from open-sided floors and through floor/roof openings.
  • Falls from as little as 4 to 6 feet can cause serious long-term injuries and sometimes death.
  • Open-sided floors and platforms 6 feet or more in height must be guarded.
  • There is no grandfather clause for fall protection. Buildings of any age must be protected.
  • Although currently the regulations call for openings more than 6 feet above lower levels be protected, new rules proposed by OSHA lower the minimum level to 4 feet.
  • In 2005, OSHA handed out 5728 citations relating to fall protection.
  • OSHA is set to receive a massive increase in funding to ramp up the frequency of inspections.

    Are you OSHA-compliant?

Links
*Recent skylight-related fatalities (07/09 – 10/10)
*Accident Report -- A brief, disaster facts worksheet published by the Department of Labor concerning an actual incident when a contractor died by a fall through a skylight while working on a bid.
*It Could Have Been Prevented – a link to an actual Department of Labor detailed accident report concerning a fall through a skylight
*The official NIOSH guide to Preventing Falls of Workers through Skylights and Roof and Floor Openings


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