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FALL PROTECTION SOLUTIONS FOR OSHA COMPLIANCE

GBR Corporation is a certified installer of RoofTop Anchor fall protection and safety products.  We work with general contractors, building owners and property managers to assess low-slope rooftop fall hazards, provide solutions and educate stakeholders on OSHA standard 1910.28(b)(13).  
  
  


WORKER SAFETY ON
LOW-SLOPE ROOFS

THE BASICS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS NEW OSHA RULE

A low-sloped roof is defined by having a slope equal or less than a ratio of 4 to 12. Slope is calculated by rise over run, therefore a low-sloped roof does not increase or decrease by more than 4 inches vertically for every 12 inches measured horizontally.

OSHA's new rule 1910.28(b)(13) identifies three zones for work on low-slope roofs. In accordance with the new rule, employers must ensure each employee is protected from falling and may choose from several types of fall protection depending on the distance they work from the roof edge or fall hazard. Three distinct work zones are identified in this rule: 


ZONE
LESS THAN 
6 FEET FROM
ROOF EDGE
1
ZONE
15 FEET OR
MORE FROM
ROOF EDGE
3
ZONE
6 FEET TO LESS
THAN 15 FEET 
FROM ROOF EDGE
2

ZONE 1

Less Than 6 Feet From Roof Edge

DANGER LEVEL: EXTREMELY HIGH

Because a worker's risk of falling off the roof is the highest when performing tasks this close to the edge, OSHA believes it is an absolute MUST to use a conventional fall protection system. For regular and routine maintenance, these same requirements extend to 15 feet from the fall hazard or roof edge.

SOLUTIONS: guardrails, safety nets, personal fall protection, etc.

ZONE 2

6 Feet To Less Than 15 Feet From Roof Edge

DANGER LEVEL: VERY HIGH

In this zone, OSHA still mandates the employer must ensure each employee is protected by a conventional fall protection system. In rare instances when the work performed is considered infrequent AND temporary, an alternative safety measure is designated area or warning line.

SOLUTIONS: guardrails, safety nets, personal fall protection designated area, etc.

ZONE 3

15 Feet Or More From Roof Edge

DANGER LEVEL: HIGH

Employers must provide a conventional fall protection system or a designated area by OSHA to protect workers carrying out tasks in this work zone. However, if work is both infrequent AND temporary, employers are not required to provide fall protection. If no protections is provided, a work rule that prohibits employees from going within 15 feet of the roof edge without fall protection must be implemented and strictly enforced.

SOLUTIONS: conventional fall protection systems, designated work area rules., prohibited areas.

INFREQUENT AND TEMPORARY WORK

FOR PURPOSES OF OSHA RULE 1910.28(b)(13) THE TERMS infrequent AND temporary ARE DEFINED AS FOLLOWS:

Infrequent:  tasks or jobs preformed only on occasion, when necessary and at sporadic intervals.

Temporary:  the time workers need to finish their task is brief. These short tasks include those that workers are able to perform in less time than it takes to install conventional fall protection as well as work that can be completed at one time rather than repeatedly.
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