New Poster: OSHA Requirements for Mechanical Maintenance and Civil Work on Low Pitch Roofs | 2022-08-25

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Rockville, MD – OSHA requirements for mechanical maintenance and mechanical construction on low pitched roofs – and the differences between them – is the topic of a new poster of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.

Mechanical service is covered by OSHA’s general industry standards (1910), while the mechanical design falls under the agency’s design standards (1926).

According to the MCAA, OSHA’s position on mechanical service is that work “does not meet the definition of ‘temporary and infrequent’ if the work task lasts longer than the installation or setup of fall protection, and the task is performed more than once a month, once.” per year or as needed.”

On the poster, MCA says it is “working towards a reasonable interpretation of the standard”.

Mechanical construction workers must use fall protection systems or fall protection devices when working 6 feet or more above a lower level. In this situation, there is no safe distance for a worker to perform non-fall protection tasks on a low slope roof. (An exception involving a 15-foot or longer warning line is noted on the poster.)

MCAA represents approximately 2,600 companies involved in heating, ventilation and air conditioning; Cooling; Installation; pipelines; and mechanical service.

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