June 17, 1996
Workforce Dynamics, Inc
2301 NW Thurman Street
Portland OR 97210
Dear Ms. Martin:
This is in response to a FAX you sent to Leslie Anderson requesting information
on OR-OSHAs fall protection standards as related to the return to
work of one of your employees.
OR-OSHAs fall protection requirements for construction work are
not related to somebody returning to work with the kind of restrictions
set forth in Dr. Schaders letter. The basic requirement is that
nobody can work more than 6 feet above a lower surface without at least
one method of fall protection in effect. There are some exceptions that
would put the worker outside the doctors parameters. Our standards
also allow straddle walking of beams under limited circumstances. This
also appears to be against the doctors wishes.
In summary, our fall protection rules address the type of protection which
must be provided the worker when exposed to potential fall hazards and
do not address the workers fitness to perform a given job. The decision
about returning this employee to work is one to be made by you, the doctor
and your workers compensation carrier.
Marilyn K. Schuster, Manager
Standards & Technical Resources Section
Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Division