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OSHA and ANSI Compliant

To ensure worker safety and protection, the construction industry is regulated by OSHA and ANSI standards. To remain in compliance, construction workers — specifically rooftop workers — must understand these requirements and implement them daily to prevent serious injury or death.

Different types of roof top hazards can range from skylights to leading edges. By identifying these typical rooftop risks, you’ll be better equipped to prepare a plan to complete your project safely, efficiently and within OSHA and ANSI compliance. 

Remaining in OSHA and ANSI Compliance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects construction workplaces with safety and health standards, especially for employees who work on rooftops. OSHA has designed several solutions to help protect workers from falls, such as fall arrest equipment, restraint mechanisms and guardrails. 

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which consists of government agencies, organizations, international and academic bodies and individuals, helps develop voluntary safety standards. Remaining in ANSI compliance ensures your workers stay protected whether they are using a lifeline system or a personal fall arrest system. 

OSHA Compliant Fixed Ladders

Ladders are an everyday tool for rooftop workers. New and experienced workers are both at risk for ladder injury or misuse. Both employees have unique reasons that they require protection from falls.

A fall arrest system like KATTCLIMB® uses a full-body harness with a stainless steel cable to catch the worker in the event of a fall. OSHA-approved ladders and fall systems can provide far greater peace of mind for workers and increase safety on the project site.

OSHA’s 1910 Walking-Working Surface standard is rewriting how the regulatory body defines a fixed ladder. Historically, OSHA required cages for any fixed ladder with a height taller than 20 feet. The objective was for the cage to slow the walkers fall before they hit the next platform. Unfortunately, cages can often lead to more significant injuries when the worker hits the metal surface.

In January 2017, OSHA created a mandate that will phase out all cages and replace them with a personal fall arrest system or ladder safety system by 2036. Any ladder with a height greater than 24 feet constructed after November 19, 2018, must contain these new systems, while any ladders built previously will need to comply by November 19, 2036.

OSHA Compliant Work Platforms

OSHA also requests safety compliance for work platforms. The five most significant requirements include: 

  • Guardrails: OSHA now requires work platforms higher than 4 feet to have guardrails at least 42 inches tall. The work platform should also be able to withstand 200 pounds of force. 
  • Height: The platform height cannot be four times larger than the shortest base dimension without outriggers or counterweights for additional support. This safety feature prevents accidental overturning during work. 
  • Stairs: Each step on your platform stairs must be at least 16 inches wide. The steps must also be uniform in their spacing and arrangement.
  • Safety gate: OSHA requires self-closing safety gates around all platform entry points, such as ladder holes. The only exceptions are offset gates that a worker cannot directly fall through. 
  • Weight: Your platform must have a 4-to-1 ratio for width and height reliability — it must support four times the maximum intended load.

OSHA Compliant Fall Protection

OSHA also has particular guidelines for protecting the workforce from falls. These requirements tell employees to guard all potential floor holes with railings, toe-boards or floor hole covers. It’s also vital to provide a guard rail or toe-board for elevated open side platforms floors or runways.

Another key guideline is to always provide guardrails and toe-boards around fall hazards like conveyor belts or vats. Employers should also offer fall protection systems with a harness, stair railings, safety nets and more.

Keep Your Construction Site Safe With Our OSHA and ANSI Compliant Fall Systems

FIXFAST USA is your source for some of the most trusted fall protection solutions in the industry. Whether your site requires a modular access system or a fixed ladder, we have the products you need to safeguard your workers from numerous roof hazards. We can help you eliminate access issues and fall risks so your workers can stay safe and return home to their families each evening. You can do so with our ANSI and OSHA compliant options, which include:

KATTCLIMB ladders, which are made using high tensile light-weight aluminum, ensure users stay secure while ascending and descending. Options include mounting, fall arrest systems, support brackets and security solutions.

With the KATTGUARD system, your workers will experience continuous fall protection through differently configured and styled guardrails. Choose from options ranging from toe-boards to walkways and experience peace of mind on your job site.

The KATTWALK, which is a permanent walkway, allows workers to navigate rough or slanted rooftops with confidence. Even in unfavorable weather, the stable surface will keep workers secure.

KOMBI stair and platform systems allow workers to safely access high areas. No matter which engineered, no-weld system you choose, you can take advantage of several different customization features.

With an anchor point and lifeline systems, the KATTCONNECT will deliver additional security and protection for rooftop workers.

Remain in Compliance With Our Roof Fall Protection and Restraint Systems

At FIXFAST USA, we’ve been helping workers stay safe from fall hazards with our array of roof fall protection and restraint systems since 1975. Whether you are looking for an OSHA roof access ladder or ANSI fixed ladder, we’ll make sure your needs are taken care of.

Ready to learn how you can experience maximum safety with minimum fuss? Reach out today if you have any questions or would like to request a quote on any of our safe access products and fall protection systems.