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New OSHA Rule Aims to Protect Construction Workers

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 7-May-2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed a new rule that is aimed at protecting construction workers who work in confined spaces. The rule offers construction workers similar protections to those that industrial and manufacturing workers are already provided. The rule, which was published earlier this week, establishes new safety requirements for working in confined spaces such as sewers, tanks, crawl spaces, and pits. The requirements will go into effect on August 3 of this year.

Specifics of the New OSHA Rule

The new rule is modeled after the requirements already in place for industrial industries, but has some modifications that are tailored specifically for the construction industry. The rule focuses on continuous worksite monitoring, training, and communication on jobsites that have multiple companies working together. It also mandates that employers provide workers with training in a language they understand, which is particularly important given the number of Spanish speaking workers in the construction industry.

Rule Will Help Prevent Construction Accidents

OSHA believes that the new rule will prevent 5 fatal accidents and 780 serious injuries every year. Working in confined spaces presents many dangers to construction workers, including:

  • Suffocation
  • Electrocution
  • Explosions
  • Exposure to Toxic Substances

Construction work is among the most dangerous occupations in the country. Follow this link to read more about construction accidents.

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