Oregon OSHA May Cut Construction Trigger Height to 6 Feet
The change from 10 to 6 feet would be effective Jan. 1, 2017. Also, slide guards could no longer be used as a primary fall protection system as of Oct. 1, 2017.
Oregon OSHA posted a fact sheet Oct. 16 that says the agency is considering changing its general fall protection trigger height, the minimum height where workers must be protected against falling, to 6 feet, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Oregon's current trigger height for general fall protection is 10 feet.
An additional change proposed by the agency is that slide guards could no longer be used as a primary fall protection system, effective Oct. 1, 2017.
Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. The fact sheet lists Oregon OSHA's trigger heights for various construction work activities, including steel erection, scaffolds, wall openings, and holes, including skylights.