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Underground Construction Falling Hazards

Underground construction makes up a small percentage of fall-related injuries. However, there are standards in place to minimize the risks to employees who work in this environment. OSHA standards were created for jumbo decks in particular. The protections put in place by the standards include the following:

  • Employers are responsible for providing mechanical equipment that is capable of lifting awkward or heavy material.
  • When a jumbo deck is over 10 feet high, stairways wide enough to accommodate two people must be installed.
  • Jumbo decks more than 10 feet high must be equipped with guardrails on all open sides, unless an adjacent surface provides fall protection that is at least as good as the guardrails.
  • The only employees allowed to ride a jumbo deck are the operator and an assistant.
  • A jumbo deck must be chocked to prevent movement while an employee is working on it.
  • A jumbo deck must be chocked to prevent movement while an employee is working on it.

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

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