Demolition Industry Adjusts For OSHA's Final Rule

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As of January 17, 2017, OSHA's updated walking-working surfaces standards for slip, trip, and fall standards will take effect as part of the 2016 final rule. Personal Protective Equipment standards for personal fall protection systems will be updated as well.These new standards and policies will have a significant impact on the construction and demolition industry because of the increase in protection for fall hazards, which leading cause of worker deaths and injuries.OSHA estimates that these updated standards will help to prevent nearly 6,000 injuries and 30 fatalities annually.Perhaps the most impactful change brought about by OSHA's final rule is to allow employers to choose their own preference for fall protection systems. There is a list available to employers of acceptable fall protections to choose from.Other changes include allowing employers to use rope descent systems up to 300 feet below a lower level, prohibiting body belts as part of fall arrest systems, and requiring worker training both fall protection systems and fall equipment.While safety is a priority on each and every work site we enter, these new standards and procedures will help to further minimize the risk of injury and accidents for demolition personnel.To learn more about our procedures and capabilities, contact us at 918-379-0966.