When do workers need to be protected from fall hazards?
Generally, workers must be protected from falls to a lower level of 10 feet or more.
What are the exceptions? Employees must be protected from falls of six feet or more if they're exposed to the following:
- Holes and skylights in walking/working surfaces
- Wall openings and windows where the sill height is less than 39 inches above the floor
- Established floors, mezzanines, balconies, and walkways that have unprotected sides and edges
- Excavations with edges that are not readily seen because of plant growth or other visual barriers
- Wells, pits, shafts, and similar excavations