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Leading Edges and Bricklaying Falling Hazards

Leading edges and bricklaying present specific fall hazards, and employers are responsible for ensuring worker safety in these work areas.

Leading Edges

Each worker on a leading edge 6 feet or more above a lower level must be protected by a guardrail system, safety net system, or PFAS. The only exception is when the employer can show that it is not feasible to use these systems, or when using the systems creates a greater risk to the workers. In those circumstances, an employer must develop and follow a fall protection plan that meets OSHA standards. The employer must also protect workers in the vicinity of leading edge construction work by one of the systems mentioned, even if they are not involved in the construction that is taking place on the leading edge.

Bricklaying

Bricklayers who are working 6 feet or more above a lower level must be protected by a guardrail system, safety net system, or PFAS. In addition, any worker who is laying brick more than 10 inches below the level of the walking or working surface on which they are working must also use the guardrail system, safety net system, or PFAS.

To learn more about Fall Protection visit our OSHA Construction Fall Protection Online Training Certification Course web page.

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