The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) Data Center, the research arm of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), in conjunction with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), has funded the development of a new educational website that catalogs fall protection equipment for residential construction. Developed by Dr. Vicki Kaskutas, a Washington University School of Medicine researcher, the Fall Protection Resource for New Home Construction website catalogs 148 fall prevention devices utilized in residential construction.

Equipment is classified under two categories: the type of fall protection or the phase of construction, and each device is described in detail, with photos and other useful information. Below are two examples of how to use the Fall Protection Resource:

Category: Type of Fall Protection

  1. Click on a photo, such as Guardrails
  2. Click on one of 11 photos, such as Residential Guardrail System
  3. A table will display with detailed information, including the purpose of the equipment, phase of construction, manufacturer’s device page, installation instructions, an instruction manual (downloadable pdf), links to equipment vendors, and the cost range.

Category: Phase of Construction

  1. Click on a photo, such as Wall
  2. Click on one of 96 photos, such as Hinged Anchor
  3. A table will display with detailed information, including the purpose of the equipment, phase of construction, manufacturer’s device page, installation instructions, an instruction manual (downloadable pdf), links to equipment vendors, and the cost range.

Residential construction employers and workers are encouraged to use this educational fall protection resource to enhance and supplement their fall prevention efforts.

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The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry at its Center in Dublin, California, as well as locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. Programs offered include OSHA safety standards, Outreach Trainer courses, Cal/OSHA standards curriculum, environmental courses and customized on-site safety training. Upcoming courses include OSHA 7405 – Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry and OSHA 3115 – Fall Protection. For more information, including a complete course schedule, visit the OSHA Training Center website or call (866) 936-OSHA (6742).