Fall Prevention Information: Regulations, FAQs, and More


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OSHA puts out a list of the ten most commonly cited standard violations every year. Here's a list of OSHA's Top Ten, 2016. Fall Prevention and Protection is on that list, and so we've got some online fall prevention training resources for you here--plus more.

Many of the same standards appear on the list again and again.

As a result, we've pulled together a series of blogs to help you train your workers about each of the ten most cited standards. Below, we've got a list of fall prevention and protection training resources for you.

Let us know if you've got some other resources you'd suggest. The comments field awaits.

Before you dig into the information about fall prevention and protection below, feel free to check out our short sample video that demonstrates a few highlights of our safety and health courses.

The Need for Online Fall Prevention Training

As the OSHA citation data below shows, we've got a lot of work to do on fall prevention and protection. Training's not the whole solution, but it can clearly contribute. We recommend using online fall prevention training courses along with other forms of fall prevention training in a blended learning solution for the most effective fall prevention and protection training.

To help you comply better, here's the regulation itself (1926.501) and below are some additional statistics about fall prevention & protection violations and citations.

Total Fall Prevention citations- 6,906. Almost 500 fewer than in 2015, when there were 7,402.

Ranking in previous year-#1 last year (same as this year)

Top five sections cited-

  1. 1926.501(b)(13) Residential construction, 3,911 citations
  2. 1926.501(b)(1) Unprotected sides and edges, 1,278 citations
  3. 1926.501(b)(10) Roofing work on low-slope roofs, 625 citations
  4. 1926.501(b)(11) Steep roofs, 523 citations
  5. 1926.501(b)(4)(I) Holes and skylights, 154 citations (this is the only section that saw an increase)

With that intro completed, let's move on to some training material and helpful information about fall prevention and protection for you.

Online Fall Prevention and Protection Training Course

To start, here's a sample of our online Online Fall Protection Training course. This one covers all of the basics your employees need to know in order to work safely and comply with OSHA regs.

Fall Prevention and Protection FAQs

What’s the OSHA Fall Prevention regulation, again?

1926.501 (Fall Protection--General Requirements/Duty to Have Fall Protection)

1926.501 is a construction-industry regulation. Does OSHA have other regulations and standards regarding fall prevention and protection for non-construction work?

Yep, here's a list of fall prevention standards and other helpful information for non-construction industries.

Does OSHA have a Safety & Health Topic webpage for fall prevention & protection hazards and regulations?

Here's OSHA's Safety & Health Topic page for Fall Protection in the Construction Industry.

In addition:



Does OSHA have any eTools for the Fall Prevention regulations?

No, but here's one for the related topic of Steel Erection, and that includes a "topic" on fall protection.

In addition, here's an eTool on Construction Scaffolding, and that includes information on Fall Protection in Supported Scaffolding.

Does OSHA provide any other helpful fall prevention resources?

Yes, quite a few. Here are some:

What about NIOSH? Do they offer fall prevention resources too?

Here's a NIOSH Fall Injuries Prevention in the Workplace website.

Plus, here's a NIOSH-prepared list of publications about Fall Injuries Prevention in the Workplace.

What about other agencies and organizations? Do they also offer fall prevention & protection resources?

Near the bottom of this page, OSHA published a long list of resources by ANSI, CSA, and ASTM related to Fall Prevention and Protection.

And don't forget to check out our fall protection training elearning course, too.

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