At what height is fall protection required?

OSHA requires that fall protection be provided for everyone working at and above elevations of:

  • 4’ in general industry workplaces
  • 5’ in shipyards
  • 6’ in the construction industry
  • 8’ in longshoring operations
  • 10’ on scaffolding
  • 15' in steel erection

In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance. Due to the variety of conditions that are specific for each individual jobsite, a Qualified or Competent Person should be consulted to ensure relevant standards and/or OSHA regulations are met.

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