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Fall Protection – The # 1 Cited Standard

Presented: Sep 21, 2022  Available until: Sep 30, 2023

In 2021, and for the previous 11 years, Fall Protection, Construction (29 CFR 1926.501) was the #1 most frequently cited standard by OSHA; with more than double the number of violations of the #2 most cited standard (respiratory protection). The dangers of working at height cannot be underestimated. The fall protection standard was also the #1 “serious” violation cited. 

Fall hazard violations continue to top the list of violations and severe injuries because they are present in so many workplaces. Stairways, ladders, scaffolding, unprotected edges and holes, balconies and wall openings, or work on elevated work surfaces all present conditions that are ready for a fall if proper hazard assessment and abatement are not put into practice. Employers need to continually evaluate workplaces and the scope of work to identify and abate fall hazards.

Pursuant to the abovementioned rules, safety professionals should be prepared to assess fall hazards and develop a plan to address and mitigate these hazards. Standards discussing fall protection include:

  • 29 CFR 1926.501 Duty to have fall protection
  • 29 CFR 1926.502 Fall protection systems criteria and practice
  • 29 CFR 1926.503 Training requirements (Fall Protection)

Although this is not an all-inclusive list, the above regulations outline where fall protection is required, which systems are appropriate for a certain situation, proper construction, installation of fall protection, supervision requirements, and training. During this webinar, we will review the requirements of these regulations and provide a general overview in order to assess and address fall protection issues.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:  

  1. Identify when fall protection is required
  2. Define the A-B-C’s of fall protection
  3. Review why knowing fall distance matters when choosing equipment
  4. Discuss hazards of falls and the importance of having a rescue plan
  5. Explain the contents and importance of Written Programs
  6. Know how to inspect, maintain and care for fall protection equipment


Kathryn Forester, CSP, ASP, CHST, COSS


Ms. Forester has more than 30 years of construction experience including general contracting, construction management, hazardous materials, and demolition. 15 of those years have been in construction and manufacturing safety. She is currently the Regional Safety Manager in Texas and Florida for the largest US insulation contractor.



This course contains 1 hours of instruction. 0.1 CEUs are offered for this course.

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Completion Requirements

To receive a Certificate of Completion for this course, participants are required to complete the following items:

  1. Participate in the live webinar or review the on-demand webinar recording.
  2. Score 70% or higher on the quiz.
  3. Complete the webinar evaluation.

No certificate will be awarded to participants who do not meet the above completion requirements.

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