OSHA Fall Protection and Confined Space Technical Rescue Long Beach CA.
Historically, falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction, accounting for about one-third of all fatalities in the industry. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 291 fatal falls to a lower level in construction in 2013, out of 828 total fatalities.
OSHA recognizes that incidents involving falls are generally complex events, frequently involving a variety of factors. Consequently, the standard for fall protection deals with both the human and equipment-related issues in protecting workers from fall hazards. This publication is intended to help Long Beach workers and employers better understand the Fall Protection in Construction standard’s requirements and the reasons behind them.
Initially, employers must assess the workplace to determine if walking or working surfaces have the necessary strength and structural integrity to safely support the workers. Once it is determined that the work surfaces will safely support the work activity, the employer must determine whether fall protection is required (using the requirements set forth in 29 CFR 1926.501) and, if so, select and provide workers with fall protection systems that comply with the criteria found in 29 CFR 1926.502.
Generally, fall protection can be provided through the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems. OSHA refers to these systems as conventional fall protection. Other systems and methods of fall protection may be used when performing certain activities. For example, when working on formwork, a positioning device system could be used. OSHA encourages Long Beach employers to select systems that prevent falls of any kind, such as guardrails designed to keep workers from falling over the edge of a building.
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Confined Space Training Services In Long Beach CA.
Confined spaces – such as manholes, crawl spaces, and tanks – are not designed for continuous occupancy and are difficult to exit in the event of an emergency. People working in confined spaces face many life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation.
Construction workers often perform tasks in confined spaces – Long Beach work areas that (1) are large enough for an employee to enter, (2) have limited means of entry or exit, and (3) are not designed for continuous occupancy. These spaces can present physical and atmospheric hazards that can be prevented if addressed prior to entering the space to perform work. This page is a starting point for finding information about these spaces, the hazards they may present, and ways to safely work in them.
Confined space means a space that:
(1) Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter it;
(2) Has limited or restricted means for entry and exit; and
(3) Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.
Control means the action taken to reduce the level of any hazard inside a confined space
using engineering methods (for example, by ventilation), and then using these methods to
maintain the reduced hazard level. Control also refers to the engineering methods used
for this purpose. Personal protective equipment is not a control.
Controlling Contractor is the employer that has overall responsibility for construction at
the work site.
Long Beach Facility and site supervisors who must serve as the “competent person” fall under the OSHA standards 1926.32(f), 1926.500, 1926.501, 1926.502, 1926.503 and 1910 General Industrial Safety Orders.