According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 637 fatalities occurred in 2010 due to falls in the workplace. Many of these falls could have been prevented by using appropriate fall protection. OSHA requires some type of fall protection be used when employees are subject to a fall from heights of six (6) feet or greater. Some types of fall protection include guardrails, hole covers, safety nets, and PFAS (personal fall arrest systems) otherwise known as safety harnesses. Fall protection does an employee no good if it is not used properly.
Would fall protection be required in this situation?
Yes. Even though there is guardrail protection in place, once employees step up onto a ladder adjacent to a guardrail, the additional height makes the guardrail system ineffective. In this situation, a safety harness should be used as additional protection.