The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division has lowered the height limit at which contractors are required to provide fall protection for construction workers to six or more feet above a surface. Under the previous regulation, construction workers required protections at 10 or more feet.
In addition, slide guards, strips of lumber temporarily attached to a roof, will no longer be allowed as fall protection on sloped roofs as of Oct 1st.
The agency said 774 Oregon construction workers were injured between 2013 and 2015 when they fell to a lower level.
Some, like Ed McMahon, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Lane County, have criticized the regulation as unnecessary. “It’s just an increased cost that will prevent young families from buying their first home,” he said.