New OSHA ruling on Slips, Trips and Falls

Late last year a final rule was implemented to help protect workers in the general industries from Slips trips and falls. These are the leading cause of workplace injuries and deaths. This new rule allows employers to select a system that fits them.


There are various options that The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has permitted in construction, including but not limited to:

  • Guardrails
  • Safety Nets
  • Fall Arrest Systems
  • Restraints
  • Ladder Safety Systems

This new law became effective January 17, 2017. It will affect approximately 112 million workers at over seven million worksites. That’s an estimated 29 fatalities and 5842 lost-workday injuries annually that can be prevented.This will also get the general industry to meet all the same requirements as the construction industry.


There are some important dates to remember:

  • May 17, 2017
    • Workers must be fully trained on all fall and equipment hazards
  • November 20, 2017
    • Inspections and certification of permanent building anchors and ropes for worker decent.
  • November 19, 2018
    • Installation of fall protection on an existing ladder over 24 ft. (If not already in place)
  • November 19, 2018
    • Installation of personal fall arrest systems or ladder safety system on all new fixed ladders over 24 ft. and replacement ladders/ladder sections
  • November 18, 2023
    • Installation of ladder safety systems or personal arrest systems on all fixed ladders over 24 ft.


Since the guidelines haven’t been updated in some time, employers might require assistance with compliance responsibilities. Contact Back Office Remedies for information about how we can help you evaluate, update and implement a new safety management plan to meet the requirements of the new final rule.


Written by Erica Davis - Safety coordinator

Updated on May 8, 2017 11:51