Falls are a major danger in the glass, glazing and construction industries, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put forth new efforts to reduce them.
Late last week, OSHA issued a final rule updating its general industry “Walking-Working Surfaces” standards specific to slip, trip and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry “Personal Protective Equipment” standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.
“The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and injuries,” David Michaels, OSHA assistant secretary of labor, said in a statement. “OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibility will reduce worker deaths and injuries from falls.”