Toolbox: Fatal Facts - Falls
Job Safety and
An employee apparently tripped while walking from the equipment trailer
toward the area where construction activity was taking place and fell
into an unguarded pit measuring 38 feet wide, 18 feet long, and 106 feet
deep. The employee struck the concrete floor below.
- Guard the pit
with a standard railing or cover. Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations
- Assign a competent
person to the jobsite. 29 CFR 1926.20(b)(2)
- Train employers
to recognize and abate fall hazards on the jobsite. 29 CFR 1926.503(a)(1)
- Develop a written
safety and health program to manage this and other forms of employee
training. 29 CFR 1926.20(b)(1)
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- OSHA construction
standards, 29 CFR Part 1926, contains OSHA job safety and health rules
and regulations covering construction.
- OSHA-funded free
onsite consultation services are available to help the small business
employers identify and correct workplace hazards, develop or improve
an effective safety and health management system, or both. Contact the
OSHA regional office in your area for additional information. JSHQ
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