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Department of Labor passes new fall protection regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an office in the Department of Labor, released updates to the fall prevention rules. The new regulations cover both falls from heights and same-level falls. This post will go over the new rules and how they may help you.

OSHA calculates that the new regulations will prevent 5,842 lost-workday injuries and a further 29 fatalities a year. The new regulations utilize a combination of new technology, industry best practices, and cost-effective worker protection tools to develop a new set of rules that protect workers without bankrupting their employers.

The new rules grant employers the flexibility they need to address dangerous conditions. Under the old rule, employers were required to only use guardrails to prevent falls. The new rules enable employers to adopt any industry practice to address the particular danger. The rules even allow for unorthodox solutions in unusual circumstances.

The rules take effect immediately, but some provisions are delayed. For example, the rule requiring employers to train workers on fall hazards are not effective for another six months. Additionally, employers have two years to come into compliance with installing personal arresting systems for fixed ladders more than 24 feet.

Were you injured in a ladder fall? If so, you may want to speak with an attorney. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet. OSHA is responsible for ensuring that employers provide a safe workplace, but if you are injured, it is up to you and your attorney to get you the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

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