The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken the first step toward requiring employers to provide improved worker protection from tripping, slipping and falling hazards on walking and working surfaces.
OSHA announced in a notice of proposed rulemaking that it plans to update the Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment standards. The agency estimates stronger rules could prevent 20 workplace fatalities and more than 3,500 injuries serious enough to cause people to miss work annually.
Current regulations allow employers to provide outdated and dangerous fall protection equipment, the agency claims. Existing standards also do not allow OSHA the ability to fine employers who let workers climb certain ladders without fall protection.
More information is available in the Federal Register notice at http://s.dol.gov/3J.
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