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September 14, 2012
OSHA extends enforcement actions for home construction

Temporary OSHA enforcement measures now in place for residential construction have been continued through December 15, a 3-month extension.

New fall protection rules took effect in June 2011. They require residential builders to ensure that employees working 6 feet or more above the lower level of a site use guardrails, safety nets, or a personal fall-arrest system. Deaths from falls are the leading cause of workplace death in construction.

Enforcement actions include priority free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reduction, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency, and increased outreach.

OSHA has been working to assist employers in complying with the new directive. Since October 1, 2011, on-site consultation has conducted more than 2,500 on-site visits, led 925 training sessions, and delivered 438 presentations related to fall protection in residential construction.

Also, OSHA’s regional and area offices have conducted more than 800 outreach initiatives on the directive. A variety of compliance-related materials are available on the OSHA website. Search “residential construction” and “fall prevention campaign.”

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