Fall Protection

This discussion of fall protection is limited to fall protection as it pertains to construction-related activities. Fall protection in general industry is discussed on the safety and health topic page for walking-working surfaces.

Fall Protection

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is fall protection?

Fall protection is any equipment, device or system that prevents an employee from falling from an elevation or mitigates the effect of such a fall.

What is a fall hazard?

Any condition on a walking-working surface that exposes an employee to a risk of harm from a fall on the same level or to a lower level.

What are the hazards associated with fall protection?

In the absence of fall protection, employees can become serious injured resulting in broken bones, strains and sprains, or death.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

Whenever employees are provided with personal fall protection equipment, they must examine it prior to beginning work from an elevation. Employers are required to ensure that employees have been trained and have the proper equipment to prevent a fall to a lower surface and have implemented a fall protection plan.

What resources are available to assist employers?

The NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). The education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request.

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards for fall protection in construction in North Carolina:

Other OSH standards that may apply to fall protection in construction include:

  • 29 CFR 1926.104 - safety belts, lifelines, and lanyards

  • 29 CFR 1904.7  - recordkeeping, general recording criteria

  • 29 CFR 1904.39 - recordkeeping, reporting fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye as a result of work-related incidents to OSHA

 

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-807-2875.