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Steel Erection Falling Hazards

Among construction jobs, steel and iron workers have the second highest risk of injury or fatalities. OSHA put forth a new standard for the steel erection industry due to the highly dangerous nature of steel work, which is referenced as OSHA regulation 1926 Subpart R.

This set of regulations was written to address all aspects of steel erection. Applicable to fall protection are the standards that address hoisting and rigging, working under loads, and multiple lift rigging assemblies. The protections put in place by the standards include the following:

  • A competent person must inspect all rigging equipment prior to each shift.
  • Safety latches on hooks must remain activated (there are exceptions to this, but they are outside the scope of this course).
  • Suspended loads must follow a preplanned route to not expose additional workers to the risks of the suspended load.
  • The only workers allowed under a suspended load are those who have to make an initial steel connection, or those who are needed to hook or unhook the load.
  • A qualified rigger must rig materials being hoisted.
  • When workers are using multiple lift rigging procedures, no more than five objects may be lifted at once.
  • Total load capacities of the equipment must not exceed the rated capacities set forth by the manufacturer.

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

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