New OSHA-Proposed Rule Aims to Reduce Employee Deaths and Injuries from Falls

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently announced revisions to its walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment standards to reduce employees’ workplace falls that could result in injuries and deaths. OSHA claims the new rule will be more logical and make compliance more flexible. It also aims to increases consistency between construction, maritime and general industry standards, and eliminates duplication.

Since the specifics of this rule (essentially replacing 1990 proposed rules to revise subparts D and I) are quite complex, employers that might be affected are encouraged to seek detailed explanations from OSHA, via its Web site.

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