09/03/2005

Fall Protection when setting and bracing wood trusses and rafters

If you're a construction employer, you must make a reasonable effort to
anticipate the fall hazards that your employees may be exposed to during their
work and protect them from falls.

Planning is the first step in anticipating fall hazards. When you consider fall
hazards during the planning stage of your project, you can develop
fall-protection methods that enhance the work rather than interfere with or
interrupt it. Safety and health standards set the requirements for fall
protection in construction workplaces. Your duty to protect your employees goes
rather far. If you can't protect your employees with one of the fall-protection
systems, you must use another method to protect them.

Regardless of the method you use, you must train your employees to recognize
fall hazards and to follow safe practices that minimize the hazards.

A recently published fall-protection guide is designed to help you decide which
fall-protection systems or methods to use for setting trusses. The examples
listed are not exclusive of other measures you might take to protect your
employees; they are merely examples for you to consider when planning your
project. With adequate planning and use of correct equipment, a physical means
of protecting employees from falls is almost always feasible and can almost
always be provided.

The guide includes information on:


  • How can you eliminate or minimize fall hazards for workers who are setting
    and bracing wood trusses and rafters?
  • Modify your construction methods
  • Consider conventional fall-protection systems
  • Use scaffolding
  • Use aerial lifts
  • Consider ladders
  • Alternative methods
  • Important terms
  • Important rules

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Division