A Massachusetts contractor was fined $40,000 by OSHA after an inspector saw two workers on a steeply-pitched roof without fall protection in place. The amount of the fine was increased due to the company having been fined for similar violations on two other job sites in 2005.
In 2004, there were 1,224 fatalities involving construction workers. 36% of those work-related deaths were due to injuries sustained in falls.
OSHA regulations require the use of fall protection any time workers are working at an elevatino above 6 feet from the ground. Guard rails, floor opening covers, nets, and personal fall arrest systems are some of the measures which may be required to prevent accident injury due to falls.