Oregon Fall Protection (Construction) laws & safety compliance analysis

Oregon Fall Protection (Construction): What you need to know


Oregon is a “state plan” state; that is, it has its own federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program that governs private and public sector employers. The state has adopted the federal fall protection standards by reference and has adopted several rules that are stricter than the federal rules.

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The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) administers and enforces fall protection requirements in private and public sector workplaces.

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 437-003-1500

Body belt means a Type 1 safety belt used in conjunction with lanyard or lifeline for fall restraint only.

Fall protection system means personal fall arrest system, fall restraint system, positioning device system, guardrail system, safety net system, warning line system, or slide guard system.

Personal fall restraint system means a fall protection system that prevents the user from falling any distance. The system comprises either a body belt or body harness, along with an anchorage, connectors, and other necessary equipment. The other components typically include a lanyard and may also include a lifeline and other devices.

Rake edge means the inclined roof edges, such as those on the gable end of a building.

Roofing work means the hoisting, storage, application, and removal of roofing materials and equipment, including related insulation, sheet metal, and vapor barrier work, but not including the construction of the roof deck and leading edge work.

Slide guard system means a fall protection system designed to prevent employees from sliding off a sloped roof to a lower level. The system consists of manufactured brackets (roof brackets) used in ...

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