What do rules and regulations teach us about a fall protection rescue plan? We have taken OSHA and ANSI into the equation;
OSHA rule 1926.502 (d) (20) officially states that:
“The employer shall provide for prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure that employees are able to rescue themselves.”
Unfortunately ‘prompt rescue’ is not described anywhere and therefore the maximum amount of time is not defined. Because there is no exact time defined, organizations cannot be cited on that factor alone, but if negligence can be proven after an incident occurred, citations can be given.