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April 8, 2014

OSHA Threatens Arizona Revised Fall Standards

DANGER fall protection required
State safety laws must be
at least as protective
as federal standards.
Arizona’s 2012 construction fall protection regulations require limited fall protection for employees working between six and 15 feet, but OSHA’s standard requires use of conventional fall protection starting at six feet. OSHA recently sent a letter to the Arizona Industrial Commission with a 1 1/2-page list of shortcomings.
The letter comes just as OSHA announced a "national stand-down for fall prevention in construction" in June as part of OSHA's ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign. During the stand-down, employers and workers will be asked to pause their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction, and discuss topics like ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety. OSHA has also launched an official national safety stand-down website with information on how to conduct a successful stand-down. Afterwards, employers will be able to provide feedback and receive a personalized certificate of participation.

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