(29 CFR 1926.900)

Blasting is a very specialized field that requires a "competent" person to be on-site and actively involved at all times. For regulatory and safety reasons, the following are minimum requirements that must be met, when any blasting materials and associated equipment is on site.

  • All blasting shall be performed by a competent, licensed person working for a fully insured and bonded blasting contractor.
  • Blasting must be approved, by permit, by the authority having jurisdiction (local fire department)
  • When blasting must be performed in congested areas, or in close proximity to a facility, highway, road or structure, or any other installation that could be damaged, the blaster shall take all of the appropriate precautions as it pertains to confinement, delaying, initiation, loading of each blast with “approved” mats or other acceptable "best management practices" to control the throw of fragments, for the protection of the employees, or other persons or property within the area.


  • Delivery and issuance of explosives shall be made to and from authorized, qualified personnel and placed into approved containers or magazines.
  • The use of black powder is prohibited.
  • When blasting is necessary, the following shall be required;
    • Unless otherwise permitted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, blasting shall only be conducted between sun up and sun down.
    • Only authorized, competent, qualified person(s) shall handle blasting equipment, materials and explosives
    • Precautions shall be taken to prevent accidental discharge of electric blasting caps from current induced by cell phones, dust storms, errant power, lightning, radar and radio transmissions, or other sources of electricity.
    • The use of ignition sources, not related to actual blasting shall be prohibited. Fires, firearms, flames, heat producing equipment, matches, open flames and smoking is strictly forbidden.
      • 50’ minimum
    • No person under the influence of alcohol, drugs, medication or other substances that produce drowsiness shall not be permitted to work with blasting equipment and explosives
  • All blasting materials and explosives shall be kept in “approved” containers and/or Class II magazines, as required.
  • All explosives and blasting agents shall be accounted for at all times, with appropriate documentation of same.
  • No blasting agents, explosives or other related material can be abandoned.
  • Explosives, blasting agents, and blasting supplies that are obviously deteriorated or damaged shall not be used.
  • Empty boxes, paper and filter packing materials, which previously contained high explosives, shall not be used again for any purpose, but shall be destroyed by a means permitted by the authority having jurisdiction.
  • Employees authorized and qualified to prepare explosive charges, or conduct blasting operations shall use every reasonable precaution including, but not limited to;
    • Audible and visual warning signals
    • Barricades and/or flag



(_____) _______-___________

Service Company

Emergency Telephone Number

Confined Space


(29 CFR 1926.21)

It is the responsibility of the General Contractor to, in cooperation with the owner to determine where confined spaces are, or may be located on the construction site. The General Contractor shall identify whether the confined spaces being entered are "non-permit" or "permit required", in accordance with the requirements of OSHA.

  • Any confined space (see definition), which must be entered, including attics, crawl spaces, elevator hoist ways, pits, tanks, tunnels and vaults shall be evaluated by a competent person to aid in the determination of whether or not a permit is required.
  • Non-permit required confined spaces could easily become permit required if (as example), the known or potential hazard is or was introduced into the space.
    • Examples of hazards include, but are not limited to;
      • 1/2" of water on the floor
      • Atmospheric hazards such as carbon monoxide (> 35 ppm), lower explosive level (> 10%), hydrogen sulfide (sewer gas) (> 10 ppm),oxygen deprivation (< 19.5%) or enrichment (> 23.5%)
      • Chemical
      • Electrical hazards
      • Engulfment
      • Entrapment
      • Environmental and physical hazards (temperature, fire, hot water and steam etc.)
      • Mechanical hazards (moving objects)
  • Permit-required confined spaces, such as those with hazards referenced aboveshall have the following safety precautions in place, as required.
    • All sewers and storm drains are always "Permit-Required" Confined Spaces, as they can not be made safe.
  • The following are the minimum requirements for "Permit-Required" Confined Spaces;
    • 4 gas (Oxygen, LEL, CO and H2S) monitor for space (atmospheric evaluation)
    • Personal protective equipment, which might include a tripod for personal rescue
    • Attendant (person remaining outside the confined space) for the purpose of occupant safety
      • Attendant must be equipped with, and know how to use a means of communication to contact a rescue service
      • An authorized, properly trained attendant, shall monitor the entrant / occupants within the confined space, the atmospheric / environmental conditions, communication with entrant / occupants and emergency services. The attendant is not permitted to leave the confined space opening until all entrants / occupants are out of the space, or he / she is relieved by another qualified attendant.
    • Notification or arrangement of a "designated" rescue service (ex: local fire department)
      • Failure to procure a rescue service (in advance) is an OSHA non-compliance issue
    • Permit, completed in advance, which identifies potential hazards and corrective measures
      • Copies of the permits must be provided to any and all entities that require same, before the confined space is entered.


Designated Rescue Service for the project is:



(_____) _______-___________



Owner / Company

Telephone Number


Cranes, Derricks, Hoists and Lifts


(29 CFR 1926.550) applies

(29 CFR 1910.179) reference

(520 CMR 6.0)


All crane, derrick, hoists and lift operators who are hoisting and/or moving materials shall be licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 520 CMR 6.0.

  • The above requirement applies when the machinery being used has a lift of either 10' in height, the load exceeds 500 lbs, and/or the bucket exceeds 1/4 cubic yard capacity.
  • All cranes derricks and lifts shall comply with the requirements of ANSI (American National Standards Institute) B30.5, which is incorporated by reference in OSHA regulations, 29 CFR 1910.179
    • The General Contractor, working with the crane operator shall insure that a “competent” person has been appointed to act as the person-in-charge for all lifts involving cranes, regardless of size and/or weight capacity.
    • A backhoe, or similar piece of equipment used for lifting is considered a crane, and is subject to this requirement.

The person-in-charge is required to have a pre-lift plan for regulatory and safety reasons. The plan must include, but is not limited to the following requirements;

  • The operators name and proof of certification, as well as the signaler name and verification of training
  • Area survey to insure that the work site is stable and appropriate for the weight and work activities of the crane
  • Description, type and rated capacity of the crane being used for the lift
  • The list of the equipment or material being lifted, including weight, dimensions and other applicable information
  • Appropriate sketches or blueprints of how the material will be lifted.
  • Boom and swing angles, crane orientations, lifting points, methods of attachment and rated capacity.
  • A pre-lift meeting with all personnel that will be involved with the lift, or in close proximity to same.

The General Contractor or their designee is required to barricade or provide warnings to alert persons in close proximity about the overhead work. This shall include, but is not limited to;

  • protection of doorways and exits, which might include redirection to an alternative entrance / exit
  • tape off hazardous areas, including swing zones and areas where overhead hazards are likely to fall
  • examples:
    • removal of dumpsters from the roof
    • lifting and/or moving equipment / materials directly overhead of site personnel
    • personnel are not permitted to work under the load being lifted or moved.
  • Inspections of cranes, derricks and associated attachments shall be made by a competent person prior to each use
  • Cranes, derricks, backhoes and other lifting equipment shall not be used within 15’ (minimum) of power lines > 5kV.

Crane Operators are responsible for operations under their direct control. They shall;

  • not engage in any practice that will divert their attention while operating the hoisting equipment
  • not operate the lift if their operation is / might be impaired (mentally or physically)
  • perform an equipment assessment (walk around inspection) to verify personnel, equipment and site safety
  • place appropriate barriers or warning lines around the superstructure to prevent unauthorized entry into the site / area of swing
  • test all controls and emergency stops
    • improperly functioning / working controls must be adjusted / repaired before the equipment is used.
    • If not repairable, the unit must be removed from service and locked and / or tagged "out-of-service".
  • respond appropriately to any signals from a trained "signal person"
  • be responsible for anyone working under their direct control, and shall stop any unsafe or potential unsafe operation until corrections can be made
  • if a "warning signal" is provided, it shall be sounded just before any move is made
  • secure and make safe any unattended hoisting equipment
    • when practical, suspended loads shall be landed under brake control
  • not permit any person to work under / beneath the boom or suspended load

A competent, authorized and properly trained person shall inspect cranes, derricks and associated equipment, as specified by the manufacturer, prior to each use.

  • Crane operators are responsible for their cranes and derricks before, during and after any lift.
    • If the safety of the personnel, equipment or facility is in question, the competent person shall;
      • Stop all hoist activities
      • Refuse to handle or lift non-conforming loads

Hoisting employees on a personal platform of cranes and derricks, when steel erection is being conducted is permitted, provided that all provisions of 29 CFR 1926.550 [except 1926.550(g)(2)] are met.

  • Headache balls cannot be used to transport personnel
  • Safety latches on crane hooks (regardless of hook capacity and size) shall not be deactivated, removed or disabled
  • Crane Inspections shall;
    • be performed by a competent person and shall include all aspects, as specified by the manufacturer of the crane.

Use of cranes, including lifting procedures shall be done in accordance with manufactures specifications.







(29 CFR 1926.850)

Before demolition work is initiated, an engineering survey shall be performed by a competent, qualified person to determine the condition of the structure, inclusive of the framing, floors, walls and the possibility of unplanned collapse of any portion of the structure, or any adjacent structures where persons may be exposed.

  • The survey must be in writing

Before demolition of this structure or part there-of is performed, a permit must be acquired from the following regulatory agencies, as a minimum;

  • The Local City or Town Building Official, or State Building Official (if appropriate)
  • The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • All utilities must be properly disconnected and made safe, prior to demolition.










  • Dig Safe shall be contacted, prior to any work that involves digging, inclusive of shoveling.

The General Contractor is responsible for any hazardous conditions that must be removed or made safe, prior to demolition. These conditions may include but are not limited to;

  • Asbestos
  • Lead paint and contaminated block, tile and wood
  • Hazardous Materials and Waste
  • Physical damage


For this project, the contact person for hazardous materials and waste, including asbestos and lead is;




(_____) _______-___________


Owner / Company

Telephone Number

  • All demolition work, which creates dust (regardless of type) shall incorporate the use of dust control methods, such as a water spray, or other engineering controls to limit dust migration.
  • If the structure becomes unsafe for personnel inside, the general contractor, under the requirements of the all hazards plan and the emergency Action Plan shall require the immediate evacuation of the structure until such time as it can be assessed by a competent, qualified person such as a registered professional engineer, and then made safe.



(29 CFR 1926.252) (29 CFR 1926.852)

  • When chutes are utilized on the construction site, they shall be erected and maintained in accordance with the requirements of OSHA, 29 CFR 1926.252 and 29 CFR 1926.852.
  • No material shall be dropped to any point, outside of the exterior walls, from a location above the 2nd floor. From the 1st or 2nd floor the area shall be properly protected to prevent accidental injury or property damage.
  • Any chute with an angle steeper than 45 deg., shall be completely enclosed to prevent loss of waste to dumpster.
  • All ramps leading to the chute shall have fall protection.
  • A gate of substantial strength shall be installed and maintained at the receiving end of each chute. The gate shall be closed at all times when the chute is not being actively used.
  • At the ramp / chute connection, a wheelbarrow stop of at least 4” in height shall be installed.
  • When dust is created, it shall be properly controlled to prevent migration to other locations.
  • Engineering controls, such as water shall be used to keep dust levels as low as possible, and below regulatory requirements.





Electrical Safety


(29 CFR 1926.416)

The person(s) responsible for electrical safety on this project are;




(_____) _______-___________

General Contractor / Superintendent


Telephone Number




(_____) _______-___________

Electrical Contractor Supervisor


Telephone Number


The General Contractor for this project is responsible for electrical safety, inclusive of the Hazardous Energy Control Policy and Lock Out/Tag Out procedures.

The Hazardous Energy Control Policy must include all known and potential energy sources, including but not limited to;

  • electrical
  • pneumatic
  • plumbing and steam

All electrical power is considered to be energized until the responsible electrician or appropriate competent person has verified and tested the system to make sure that it has been de-energized.

The General Contractor is ultimately responsible for all wiring on site, including temporary wiring. The General Contractor can delegate components of the electrical safety program to the Electrical Contractor, but the primary responsibility rests with the GC.

  • The electrical safety program for this project shall include the effective management of the following;

Electrical Cords

  • Must be protected from physical damage
    • flexible cords must be free of damage, splices and taps
    • flexible cords shall be properly maintained and stored
    • twisted cords shall be removed from service and destroyed to prevent future use
    • flexible cords should not be so placed that they are considered a trip and fall hazard
    • flexible cords shall have the appropriate grounding pins, or shall be double-insulate

Extension Cords

  • cords shall not be placed across a means of egress, or left in/on a walk/work surface
  • shall be connected to a GFCI protected outlet, for the duration of the project



(29 CFR 1926.26 - 1926.56)

  • shall be adequate for the job site
  • lighting shall be of the appropriate wattage, and placed in fixtures, including temporary in a manner specified by the lighting manufacturer
  • emergency lighting is required if work on the project will extend to after daylight hours
  • emergency lighting is required for below grade areas of the project and other areas where natural lighting is not available, in the event of a power failure 

Power Tools


(29 CFR 1926.302)

  • portable electrical equipment and tools must be grounded or double insulated
  • the tools shall be free of damage, and if not removed from service
  • any power tool removed from service, because of damage, shall be labeled out-of-service by the person(s) who discover the deficiency.  

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)


(29 CFR 1926.404)

  • GFCI protected equipment and tools can be accomplished by one of the following;
  • a GFCI outlet
  • an outlet protected by a GFCI breaker, or
  • a portable GFCI pigtail
  • GFCI protection for all power tools and flexible cords is required for the duration of the project.
  • When permanent wiring for the building / project or site has been completed, GFCI protection shall still be required. All contractors on site shall either;
  • obtain power from a permanently wired GFCI protected outlet, or
  • utilize a GFCI adapter / pigtail between the power supply and the flexible cord or tool being used

Lock-Out / Tag-Out


(29 CFR 1926.417)

  • As part of the Hazardous Energy Control Policy, the General Contractor must have a written Lockout / Tagout program on site.
  • The Lockout / Tagout program shall take all types of hazardous energy into consideration.
  • For this project, the following systems will need to be part of the Lockout /















Check off or otherwise identify all forms of energy that apply to the project

  • The General Contractor can default to the electrical contractors lockout / tagout program. However, the General Contractor remains responsible for the use and implementation of the program
  • As part of the Hazardous Energy Control Policy, the General Contractor must identify the Lockout / Tagout program that will be used on site. This program, typically the most stringent shall be used by all of the contractors working on site, and shall incorporate the owners Hazardous Energy Program, as the owner will most likely be part of a hazardous energy control / shutdown.
  • For this project, the General Contractor will use and train to the Hazardous Energy Control Policy of:

General Contractor


Electrical Sub-Contractor





Check off the appropriate program to be used for this project






(29 CFR 1926.650)

(MGL 82A)

(520 CMR 14)

No person shall, except in an emergency, make a trench excavation, in any public way, public property, or privately owned land until a permit is obtained from the appropriately designated permitting authority.

DIG SAFE Number :


Name / Contact Information of Permit Holder :


Name / Contact Information of Excavator :


Name of the " Competent Person" :


Name of persons performing the excavation of trench :


Massachusetts Hoisting License Number :


License Grade:


Expiration Date of License :_____/_____/__________

Permit expiration date (DIG SAFE) :


Specific location of trench :


Name and contact information of insurer :


  • The permit requester shall obtain the permit for the excavation of trenches for each project from the "appropriate permitting authority".
    • The permit for the excavation / trench on this site shall be obtained from:_______________________________
    • The city or town agency shall "electronically", notify the Department of Public Safety of the permits issuance and provide the following information;
      • Location of the excavation indicated on the permit
      • The anticipated opening and closing of the trench
      • Name of the permit holder
      • Name of the competent person
    • In order to acquire a permit, the following information shall be submitted to the city or town agency permitting the trench;
      • Completed application
      • Certificate of Insurance
      • Required "reasonable" fee (where applicable)

Permit applications must contain the following;

All permit applications shall include;

  • All persons working in / on the trench shall;

be familiar with / read the Massachusetts Trench Safety Program

  • All permits issued shall be posted in plain view of trench site, and
    • shall have been made available to the permitting authority, any investigator from the Division of Occupational Safety, any inspector from the Department of Publication Safety, or any other lawfully authorized authority.
  • All excavations, including but not limited to; auguring demolition of structures, plowing, roto-tilling, test boring, trench and shoveling by hand, inclusive of those on private property require notification of Dig Safe.
  • trench is any subsurface excavation > 3’ in depth < 16’ between soil walls, as measured from edge to edge.
    • (888) DIG-SAFEor (888344-7233 in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont
    • The site must be pre-marked before Dig Safe is notified.
  • The notification must be made at least 3 business days in advance and shall include;
    • Address, Exact Location, Scope of Work, Depth in Feet, Area of Work, Start Date/Time, Excavation Company
  • The excavation section of this site specific safety manual shall include trenching and shoring
  • All excavations > 4’ in depth shall require the following;
  • Proper benching, shoring, sloping and/or the use of a trench box
    • The excavation company must be follow the appropriate requirements for excavations, including the stipulations for benching, sloping, shoring and the use of trench boxes. However, it is the responsibility of the General Contractor to insure that compliance with the State Department of Public Safety and OSHA is being met or exceeded.
  • For this project, the Excavation Company is:


  • ______________________________________________


  • The Excavation Manager is: _________________________________   

(______) ________ - ______________

Telephone Number

For this project, the excavation contractor will be:











Depth of excavations will not exceed:    _____ feet            The soil is Class:     









  • Placement of spoils > 3’ from the edge of the trench
    • Large stones, stumps etc., must not be permitted to roll into the excavation
  • A ladder, ramp or stairway to be placed within 25’ of the sub-grade work area for means of egress
  • All excavations > 4’ in depth shall be monitored for hazardous gases
    • As a minimum, a 4-Gas Monitor (or other appropriate method for the site) shall be used by the excavating company before any work inside the excavation is initiated.
  • Any excavation that is or could be > 20’ in depth requires the approval of a Registered Professional Engineer
  • If any building, sidewalk or other structural element is, or may be undermined by the excavation, or requires underpinning, a Registered Professional Engineer shall be consulted and the plans approved.
  • All unattended trenches must be covered, barricaded, or backfilled.
    • Covers must be (at minimum) road plates at least 3/4" thick or equivalent
      • Covers must be level and physically secure
    • Barricades must be fences at least 6' in height with no openings > 4" between vertical supports
      • Openings between fence and ground can not exceed 4"
      • Fence type barriers shall be secured by vertical support members not more than 10' apart
      • There shall be no holes in a solid barrier greater than 4"
      • All horizontal support members shall be located on the trench side of the barrier
      • If a wall of a dwelling, or other permanent structure (< 6' high) can serve as part of the barrier, but the barrier must be at least 6' in height
      • All gates and other means of egress must;
        • Comply with the size and strength provisions indicated above
        • Be securely fastened to adjacent barrier components
        • Allow not more than 4" between gates and barrier components
        • Be securely locked with a padlock, combination lock or other suitable locking device
        • Gates must have all appropriate markings on all sides (signs) indicating;
          • "DANGER - Do Not Enter, Authorized Personnel Only"
      • Barriers shall be placed a sufficient distance from trench to be unaffected by changing conditions of the trench site
    • Backfilling must be sufficient to eliminate the trench, or
    • The Excavator may choose to attend trenches at all times (attendant, guard or police officer)
  • All excavations shall be properly protected when open.
  • In areas where vehicle traffic is present, the following minimum requirements shall be followed;
    • Barricades or suitable warnings shall be set up to properly make vehicle operators aware of the excavation and work personnel
      • All barriers shall be of adequate strength, and shall be supported in a manner that will allow them to be seen by motorist, and provide a stable support not easily blown over by wind or traffic
      • Trench barriers adjacent to high speed traffic may include traffic control such as;
        • barrels ballasted with sand bags
        • temporary pre-cast concrete barriers
      • Trench barriers shall not have openings > 4" between them
      • Trench barriers shall not have openings between barrier and ground > 4"
      • Trench barriers hall be at sufficient distance from the trench to be unaffected by changing conditions of the trench site
    • Appropriate signage shall be used as part of the hazard identification
  • Personnel in the roadway shall don appropriate vests or other suitable means of identification. The use of brightly colored (orange, yellow or bright green) clothing such as tee shirts is acceptable. However, during inclement weather, or for work activities after dark, the use of a lime green / yellow vest with reflective stripes is required.
    • Adequate lighting and warnings with suitable reflective striping must also be incorporated
  • Barricades must be fences at least 6’ in height, with no openings greater than 4” between vertical supports and all horizontal supports required to be located on the trench-side of the fencing.
  • In areas where pedestrians and construction personnel are present, the following requirements shall be implemented;
  • Barrier protection, such as a guardrail system shall be placed around the excavation that meets or exceeds OSHA criteria for fall protection.
    • When bridges or other temporary walk surfaces are used over the excavation, the use of guardrails with mid rails and toe boards is required.
  • If warning lines (caution tape or rope with flags every 6’) are to be used, the warning line must be at least 6’ back from the edge of the excavation to provide suitable warning.
  • Employees working in or around excavations shall have and don appropriate personal protective equipment, including hard hats.
  • Employees are not permitted to be beneath of in close proximity to loads handled by excavation equipment. This includes, but is not limited to being in the trench.
  • Vehicles backing up to a trench or excavation must have one or more of the following in place
    • Barricades, Spotter with hand signal knowledge, Stop Logs or Curbs or other suitable warning devices
  • All excavations > 4’ in depth shall be properly monitored for “hazardous atmospheres”
  • The use of a 4-Gas Monitor is appropriate to determine levels of oxygen, carbon monoxide, flammability / LEL and Hydrogen Sulfide (sewer gas). If the potential for other gases are present, they must be tested for as well.
    • 4-Gas Monitor shall be in place and operational for hot work activities in all trenches and excavations
  • A “competent” person must evaluate all excavations for hazardous conditions, and correct same before any entry is made.
  • All covers must be road plates at least ¾” thick or equivalent, and placed over an opening must be able to withstand 4 times the heaviest potential load for that site
  • The General Contractor is required to properly protect and secure all excavations and trenches at the end of each day. A fence of at least 6’ in height, or higher, as specified by the owner shall be provided and maintained.
  • All of the following sanctions are possible, in the event of a fatality, serious injury, failure to utilize proper methods and effective protective systems, or other conditions that pose a serious threat to life, limb or property;
    • suspension or revocation of permits
    • Notices of Non-Compliance or Notices of Violation (NOV)
    • Fines






Fall Protection


(29 CFR 1926.500)

In accordance with the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1926.500, all employers are required to provide fall protection equipment and training to their employees when working at elevations > 6’ above a lower level, which includes but is not limited to the ground, platforms, roof or dangerous equipment. The General Contractor on this project is responsible for their employees, as well as the sub-contractors, and shall have a “competent person” on-site at all times. The “Competent Person” on this project for Fall Protection Requirements is;



(_____) _____ - __________


Telephone Number

For this project, the following work activities and fall protection height requirements are;

General Fall Protection






Mobile Scaffolding / Staging



Roof Work


above lower floor, level or ground.

For work on the roof, the contractor will utilize the following safety practices;


Fall Protection Equipment




Warning Lines



Steel Erections

_____’ for Steel Erection

_____’ for Connectors

Guardrails shall be at least 42” in height (+/- 3”) with mid rails and toe boards in place. If materials are placed on the elevated surfaces, higher than the level of the toe board, a protective measure shall be attached to the elevated surface (guardrail system) to prevent the storage from being displaced, over the edge of the toe boards If the protective measure used is netting/screening or similar attached to the guardrail system is used on the exterior scaffold / staging, it’s use must be approved of by a "competent person” for the scaffolding / staging company and the local fire department for fire retardance.




(___) _____-________

Name of Competent Person


Telephone Number




(___) _____-________

Fire Department Representative

Town or City

Telephone Number

All wall openings, including windows with elevation differences >6’ shall be properly protected with suitable guardrails or other recognized fall protection systems. When holes or openings are used for the passage of materials, such as through a window or elevated level of scaffolding/staging, the opening must be guarded on at least 3 sides when being used for the transfer of materials, and the 4th side, when not being used should be protected with a suitable (removable) guardrail or gate as specified by the competent person.

Guardrails are required around points of access, such as a ladder-way. The open side of the opening shall have a gate, or be off-set to prevent person(s) from falling through or into the opening. When the use of ladders or stilts are required that places the user above the level of fall protection, the competent person shall select an appropriate means of fall protection to cover the increase in height.

Options include the use of harness and lifelines, extending the guardrail system up, or placing the workers in a guardrail system in an elevated platform. When using warning lines for fall protection, in place of guardrail systems, the warning lines must be;

  • Rigged and supported to a height of 39 Rigged and supported to a height of 39 – 45”
  • the lowest point is 34the lowest point is 34” – 39”
  • be flagged every 6be flagged every 6’

Fall Protection Equipment including, but not limited to harnesses, lanyards, deceleration devices, anchors, straps and other fall protection equipment shall be:

Inspected by a competent person before each use for damage, deficiencies and replacement

  • Any fall protection equipment that has been damaged, must be removed from service and labeled out-of-service.
  • Kept clean and placed in suitable containers to prevent exposure to abuse, damage and adverse environmental conditions.
  • Holes > 2” (inches) in diameter in a walk or work area must be covered or otherwise protected to prevent items, materials and tools from falling through.
  • The hole cover must be labeled “HOLE” or “COVER”
  • All ramps, stairs and walkways, including those that are temporary are required to have hand / guard rails on both sides if there are > 3 steps, or a drop of > 6’.



Roof Work

  • All roof work which is greater than 6’ above a lower level is required to have fall protection, including flat and low-slope roofs.
  • A competent person must identify the appropriate means of fall protection to be used, for the work being performed.

For this project, the roof slopes are:

No Slope (Flat)         


< 4:12 


> 4:12, < 6:12


> 6:12, < 8:12 


> 8:12

the use of the following types of fall protection will be required:


Controlled Access Zones








Slide Guards


Warning Lines 



For this project the use of a roof monitor

is permitted


is notpermitted


If a roof monitor is used as fall protection, the roof must be flat (no pitch) and less than 50’ in length and width, the monitor is not permitted to perform any work, shall wear a reflective vest or blue hard hat and shall not permit any equipment to be running during the roof work.

For this project the Safety Monitor (if used) can not monitor greater than _____ employees, who all must be within _____’ of him/her at all times.

                                                                                                                                                Warninglines, if used on the roof for fall protection must:

  • be placed at least 6’ back from the roofs edge,
  • be flagged every 6’ in contrasting color,
  • not be permitted (at any point) to be lower than 34” above the roof, and
  • be able to withstand a force of 16 lbs applied at the stanchions

No person, unless actually performing work between the warning line and the roofs edge is permitted outside of the warning line.

Residential Construction - Fall Protection

Fall protection requirements for residential construction shall comply with the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1926.501(b) (13) for work ≥ 6' above the lower level.

Residential construction activities can utilize alternative fall protection procedures, provided the alternative provides the same or greater level of protection.

Fall Protection requirements and training shall include;

    • Falling object prevention
    • Installing of the 1st two trusses
    • Procedures for working at the peak
    • Procedures for the prevention of falls
    • Staging and securing of equipment and materials
    • Placement of slide guards
    • Restricting of unauthorized access
    • Prevention of potential falls through holes, sky-lights etc.
    • Bad weather modifications

Fire Prevention


(29 CFR 1926.24)

(29CFR 1926.150)

Fire Detection

For this project, a fire detection system is required _____is not required _____, as stipulated by the owner, the insurance company and/or the local fire department.

Whenever the fire detection system must be altered, shut-down or removed from service, the local fire department shall be notified in advance.

  • The General Contractor shall also notify the owner and verify notification of the owner's insurance company.


In the event of a fire alarm, all persons within the building are required to evacuate as referenced in the Emergency Action Program section referenced at the beginning of the site specific environmental health and safety program.



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