Falls continue to be the leading cause of accidents and injuries in home building and construction at large. OSHA also issued more than 5,100 citations to businesses that failed to provide or provided inadequate fall protection systems for workers, resulting in more than $34 million in penalties in 2022 alone.
NAHB and its partners continue to develop materials and resources to help businesses comply with federal fall protection regulations and implement safe work practices to prevent fall-related injuries and deaths. These resources can be used on the jobsite as quick, easy-to-understand guidance or can give workers an in-depth look at the basics and best practices of fall protection.
NAHB’s safety sponsor, Builders Mutual Insurance Company, has partnered with several organizations for its Put Your Guard Up safety initiative. The campaign features training materials to help employers practice guardrail safety on jobsites and includes a training guide, toolbox talk, infographic and inspection checklist.
NAHB has also partnered with the Job-Site Safety Institute for its online, on-demand Fall Prevention in Residential Construction training course, which covers recognizing common fall hazards, identifying when fall protection is required, understanding the safety requirements for typical jobsite equipment such as ladders and scaffolding, and more. The free four-hour course is available in English and Spanish on NAHB’s website.
Additional resources from NAHB include:
- NAHB Fall Protection Toolkit
- NAHB Video Toolbox Talks Series:
Also check out the OSHA Fall Protection in Residential Construction webpage for additional resources.
Note: These resources are intended to help compliance with federal OSHA fall protection requirements. Many home builders operate in approved OSHA state plans and will need to check with their local administrators for further information on the fall protection standards applicable in their states.