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:
- Exposure to Toxic Substances
Construction work is among the most dangerous occupations in the country.
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