296-155 WAC, Part C-1.
296-800-16020 Core Rules
1971 Congress created
OSHA in States may choose to run their own safety and health programs as long
as they are at least as effective as OSHA.
1972 Department of Labor & Industries created
Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act (WISHA)
296-155 Is the Construction Code than cover MOST of our work.
Standards, Vertical Standards versus Horizontal Standards?
Duty Clause: Employer is REQUIRED to provide a Safe & Healthful Workplace Free of known hazards likely to cause serious
injury or death.
How to protect employees:
Follow Manufactures Written Recommendations
It’s the LAW: WAC 296-155
Must be inspected by a competent person other than the user at least annually. (Documented)
Components of fall restraint
systems shall be inspected prior to each use for mildew, wear, damage, and other deterioration, and defective components shall
be removed from service if their function or strength has been adversely affected.
296-155-009 & 800-16045
Equipment whether or not owned by, or under control of the employer. It
is the employer's responsibility to ensure that any defective equipment or tools are not used
Inspect harness hardware (i.e. buckles, D-rings, back pad, keepers, etc.); these items must not
be damaged, broken, distorted, or have any sharp edges, burrs, cracks, worn parts, or corrosion. Inspect labels; all labels
should be present and fully legible. NO PUNCHURES IN HARNESS
Inspect each system component
or subsystem per associated manufacturer’s instructions
Ironworkers use mainly Positioning System
Each employee on the face of formwork or reinforcing steel shall be protected from falling 4 feet (1.8m)
or more to lower levels by personal fall arrest systems Positioning devices
shall be secured to an anchorage capable of supporting at least twice the potential impact load of an employee's fall or 5,000
Training: WAC 800-16035: Employees Must be in writing (or on computer) names, dates, subjects. Does NOT have to be one form per employee.
WAC 296-155-2450 fall protection work plan.
The employer shall develop and implement a written fall protection work plan including each area of the work
place where the employees are assigned and where fall hazards of 10 feet or more exist.
(Exception REBAR 4’ or more)
Free climb just like the FIXED
Ladder Standards. Above 24 feet full body harness.
Exception: General contractor specific contract language
requiring specific fall protection above DOSH standards. DOSH/OSHA is MINIMUM Standards!
Positioning devices (rebar assembly) shall
be rigged such that an employee cannot free fall more than 2 feet.
Anchorage point 3000 lbs versus 5000 lbs
(fall distance, force generated)