Residential construction has traditionally been a different breed when it comes to fall protection, compliance and enforcement. Because they aren’t as big as the larger construction companies, because there are so many of them and because they are scattered, often in more remote locations, they have been hard to monitor and enforce fall protection standards on. The problem is that the lack of proper directive results in about 40 deaths a year.
As of December 16, 2010 OSHA is trying to remedy this by publishing the new STD 03-11-002 for compliance guidance for residential construction. Residential construction companies will have until June of 2011 to comply.
Most notable is the fact that the 25 foot, ground-to-eave height threshold no longer applies.
Slide guards (those boards or other forms of barriers designed to keep the workers from sliding off the roof) are no longer acceptable either, regardless of the pitch or the height of the roof. All roofers need to be fully tied off if they are more than 6 feet off the ground.
The United States Department of Labor has provided a special section to their website to address this new standard. This new “