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Always use fall protection equipment when working at a height of 6 feet or more, or when working above any dangerous equipment.

When your employees are working at a height of 6 feet or more above a lower level, OSHA Standard 1926.501(b)(1) requires you to protect them from falling from unprotected sides and edges by using guardrail systems, safety net systems or personal fall arrest systems. Fall prevention systems such as guardrails are recommended over fall protection systems like safety net and personal fall arrest systems in order to prevent an accident from happening in the first place.

If your employees perform work within 6 feet above dangerous equipment, OSHA requires you to either guard the equipment or use a guardrail system around the area. OSHA Standard 1926.501(b)(8)

2017 Legislative Summary

The 2016 Maryland Session considered over 3,000 bills with roughly one-third passing into law.  On February 10, 2016, Governor Hogan established the Commission to Modernize State Procurement. 



Ya se sabe que Empresas Hispanas están incrementando en cantidad en Estados Unidos, pero seguimos siendo pequeñas y con muy poco beneficio o valor neto. ¡Pero si existen varios programas gubernamentales y privados para crecer sosteniblemente!

Choose the Right Ladder for the Job


Whether your work has you on a ladder all day or just for occasional tasks, make sure your ladder is up for the job.

Are you positioning the ladder correctly for its use? Extension ladders should be angled so that for every 4 feet that the ladder extends vertically, the base is 1 foot from the supporting structure. Stepladders should be positioned in the form of an A and never propped against a wall like an extension ladder.

Is your ladder tall enough for the task? Extension ladders must reach at least 3 feet above the top of the surface you are climbing. Keep in mind that the base of the ladder should be positioned on a flat, stable surface and not propped up on unstable materials to add extra height.

Is the ladder strong enough? Check the duty rating to make sure it will support the weight of you and all tools and equipment you carry.

Does your ladder pass inspection? Check for signs of damage or hazardous conditions. Label and dismantle damaged ladders to prevent your employees from using them.

For additional ladder safety help, visit OSHA’s Portable Ladder Safety Quick Card, OSHA’s Ladder Standards and The American Ladder Institute.

Train your employees to protect themselves from ladder falls with Chesapeake’s 15- minute sample training guides. For a full list of training topics, visit Safety University.


Disclaimer: This information and any noted recommendations are advisory only: Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company assumes no liability for identification or correction of conditions or hazards as the safety and health of employees remains the employer’s responsibility. Not all foreseeable hazards or conditions in need of correction, and not all possible controls to address them, may be listed. Use of all or part of this safety information does not relieve employers of their responsibility to comply with all current and applicable local, state and/or federal laws, regulations and codes. While the information herein is believed to be current as of February 2017, the reader should rely upon the most current standards as laws, codes, and regulations are updated frequently.
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