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August 30, 2012
OSHA steps up enforcement on construction-related falls

OSHA is taking to the streets to reduce an upward trend in construction-related fall fatalities in the Southeast. Falls are one of the four leading causes of employee fatalities in the region.

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Beginning August 20, the agency launched an effort to identify sites throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi where workers may be exposed to fall hazards. Unannounced inspections will be conducted at those sites. Additionally, according to a statement, “All other hazards in plain sight will be addressed during the inspections.”

Atlanta-based Regional Administrator Cindy Coe notes, “Our compliance officers will conduct immediate inspections when they observe employees working from elevation without fall protection.”

The regional effort is part of a national campaign announced in April to address deadly falls in construction. OSHA and NIOSH are working with trade associations, labor unions, employers, universities, consulates, and community groups to provide education, especially to vulnerable, low-literacy workers.

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