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The OSHA Fall Protection Standard deals with both human and equipment-related issues in protecting workers from fall hazards. This standard is designed to prevent workers from falling off, into or through working levels and to protect employees from being struck by falling objects.
The most frequently cited OSHA standard involves "improper guarding of open-sided floors or platforms." Further information concerning the standard can be obtained by referring to OSHA Standard 1910.23 Guarding Floor and Wall Opening and Holes and OSHA Standard 1926 Subpart M Fall Protection.