Graduate Program


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Thesis Director

Isaac Slaven

Thesis Committee Member

Austin C. Cheney

Thesis Committee Member



The construction trade has commonly been cited as one of the most dangerous industries within the United States, with falls from elevation being the most predominate cause for injuries and deaths. The OSHA standards related guardrails has not changed since its implementation in 1970. These standards originally derive from the 1950s, which expect a 160-pound person with 40 pounds of equipment, tools, etc. However, the anthropometries of the common working age citizen has dramatically changed in respects to their weight. This study examines the relationship of the guardrail system to the changing anthropometries to determine if a reform is necessary for the [1926.502] Guardrail System as a form of fall protection is needed.