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Fall Protections citations

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Fall protection is the top OSHA-cited workplace safety violation with more than 8,000 citations last year. According to Federal OSHA, as well as Cal-OSHA, falls continue to be the leading cause of fatalities in construction.

A rise in falls due to lack of fall protection and recent changes in regulations for light-frame residential construction means more targeted random jobsite inspections  industry wide. Construction industry management must be responsible for fall protection to prevent accidents and avoid costly and reputation damaging Cal-OSHA citations.

OSHA citation fines cost companies, small and large, millions of dollars each year. Check out some routine OSHA citations for construction firms.

  • An unregulated scaffold at 30 feet with no fall protection gear or training for workers cost $62,000.
  • A firm with past OSHA violations issues was cited for $243,000 for having workers on a steep pitch roof without fall protection.
  • Average fines for not having a Hazard Communication Plan, Material Safety Data Sheets or maintaining employee training can cost $281.00 per violation.
  • Ladder related citations as high as $139,260 in proposed fines for issues including using a damaged extension ladder, improper ladder use, ladder unsecured or ladder not inspected prior to use.

The customer absorbs these costs when contractors fail to provide adequate fall protection on job sites in unexpected charges or fees for new documentation. New laws in California hold a building owner responsible for ensuring worker safety as required by OSHA regulations.

Work with a professional installation team with Fall Protection Consulting experience for your window washing systems or exterior building maintenance projects to prevent accidents and avoid costly and reputation damaging Cal-OSHA citations.

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Cal/OSHA Regulations for Working at Heights

Many working heights trades trigger the use of Cal/OSHA Fall Protection regulations. Effective training for working at heights should include safe work practices, worker’s rights, learning strategies in safety meetings and complying with rules and regulations. To start with any person working at heights should review Cal/OSHA information on Fall Protection.

Cal/OSHA Requirements in Construction

The specific Cal/OSHA safety requirements that apply to your employees depends on the jobsite-specific construction activities.

Cal/OSHA regulations related to Fall Protection in construction are found in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (T8CCR). The complete set of Title 8 regulations can be found at www.dir.ca.gov/samples/search/query.htm.

The following is an overview of the regulations in Title 8 for Fall Protection in construction (not all of the applicable Title 8 regulations are given below)

  • Article 16. Standard Railings (T8CCR 1620 – 1621)
  • Article 19. Floor, Roof and Wall Openings (T8CCR 1632 – 1633)
  • Article 21. Scaffolds – General Requirements (T8CCR 1635.1 – 1637)
  • Article 22. Scaffolds – Various Types (T8CCR 1640 – 1655)
  • Article 24. Fall Protection (T8CCR 1669 – 1672)
  • Article 2. Standard Specifications (T8CCR 3209 – 3239) in Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders

About CSG Safety Services Group, LLC: CSG Safety Services Group, LLC designs and installs window washing systems nationwide. CSG provides inspections, testing and certifications for all window cleaning equipment. CSG provides consulting up to full design/build services. The CSG Safety Services Group promotes window washing system solutions with safety, usability, and cost effectiveness in mind. www.windowwashingsystems.com.

Heat Illness Prevention for Summer Weather

OSHA suggests a heat illness prevention program for employers to protect workers from heat-related illness. Heat illness can range from heat rash to heat exhaustion to heat stroke. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and can result in death.

California employers are required to:

  • Develop written procedures based on Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard,
  • Train all employees on heat illness prevention program,
  • Provide enough fresh water for each employee to drink at least 1 quart per hour,
  • Provide access to shade and breaks.

Medical practitioners suggest that outdoor workers should follow basic safety steps to prevent a heat-related illness:

  • Use caution not to spend too much time in the sun when working between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in hot, humid weather.
  • Medical practitioners suggest drinking fluids on a schedule. “Two hours before exercising, drink 24 fl oz (750 mL) of fluid. Drink 16 fl oz (500 mL) of fluid 15 minutes before exercising. Continue drinking 8 fl oz (250 mL) of fluid every 15 minutes while exercising.”
  • Drink re-hydration beverages and eat fruits and vegetables to replace nutrients, sugar, and sodium. Caffeine or alcohol increase your risk of dehydration.
  • Choose clothing carefully in hot weather, such as lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing or wide-brimmed hat.
  • Cool skin with water spray or work in shade with umbrella or pop-up canopy.
  • Avoid fainting by flexing leg muscles to prevent blood pooling in your lower legs.

For more information – http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/tc/heat-related-illnesses-prevention