OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
Summary of Pacific Erectors, Inc. - Decision After Reconsideration
Employer knew that its employees who were laying decking would work at the perimeter of a 16-foot high second floor. The foreman concluded that a perimeter safety cable was OK by a visual exam only--the cable appeared taut. The visual exam not a "through survey for predictable hazards." A general violation of section 1511(b) was upheld. During construction of multi-story steel frame buildings exceeding 30' in height, there must be perimeter cable or guardrail protection around all elevated levels to comply with section 1710(e), not just the levels above 30 feet. Employer was cited because the cable was not 42-45 inches above the finished floor height, but the Division failed to prove that the cable wasn't at that height before the employee fell against it. No violation was found.
November 27, 2001