Safety & High Rise Gear
Worker safety at a bird proofing project must always be the number one concern. In fact, there are several local, state and federal regulations that can apply when working on a bird project. The goal of these laws and also of your company’s worker safety program is to prevent serious injury at the work site. These laws are created and enforced by the Occupational, Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Most OSHA regulations are created at the federal level, but some states add additional regulations with enforcement occurring at both the state and federal level.
Since there is extensive regulation when it comes to workplace safety, this manual covers only the basic principle of the law where it pertains to bird exclusion work. Actual text of the relevant OSHA regulations is included and summarized in this chapter, but it is important to refer to the original language of the law or contact OSHA directly for specific questions or situations.
In bird control, the main focus is fall prevention. Many, if not most bird control projects involve working on roofs, overhangs and high ledges. In situations like these a fall protection system must be in place to protect the worker from an accidental fall. There are three parts to implementing a complete fall protection system: determining if fall protection is needed, installing the fall protection system, and insuring worker’s use of the system through training and education.