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Fall Protection Program, OSHA’s No. 1 National Priority

Safety is a major concern in the roofing industry, especially among Columbus roofers,as they are always working at heights and with heavy tools and equipment. This is also a top priority of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA puts great emphasis on fall protection in a national level for contractors working on projects with heights of at least six feet. These professionals will be the agency’s priority until the end of September this year.

The administration has Compliance Health and Safety Officers (CHSOs) who checks commercial and residential jobsites under stringent safety standards. Unfortunately, not all roofing contractors are aware of this.

On why many roofing contractors are unaware of it, Mark Paskell, founder of The Contractor Coaching Partnership about fall protection and OSHA rules, said in his interview with Remodeling magazine, “Commercial contractors have borne the cost of compliance because OSHA always visits their sites. So there’s a total lack of knowledge about OSHA in the residential sector. Plus there’s no requirement for OSHA training in residential.”

Although it is not required for residential contractors to train under OSHA, many are motivated to adhere to the agency’s safety standards to protect their roofers and clients.

“The contractor has a duty to provide fall protection systems, guard rails, or safety nets. Most people in the residential sector are opting for a fall protection system,” Paskell added.

As a Columbus roofing contractor with decades of experience in the industry, Newman Roofing supports OSHA’s stand on safety across business operations. Our team prioritizes safety of our roofers and clients alike. We have worked on various properties in Columbus, Central Ohio, Lewis-Center, Westerville, Sunbury, and Worthington. Whether your roof needs repair or replacement, you can be assured that you’re safe and secured with our practices.

For roof repair and replacements that you can rely on, call us at (614) 890-7663. Our dedicated staff is ready to assist you with any of your roofing needs.

By |2017-01-24T21:26:30+00:00January 12th, 2015|Blog, Info Article|Comments Off on Fall Protection Program, OSHA’s No. 1 National Priority

About the Author:

Tim Sistrunk writes for Newman Roofing , a Columbus, Ohio roofing company serving the roof repair and replacement needs of Central Ohio homeowners since 1992.