In May, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed guidance document for its personnel on complying with Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. The document is not yet finalized, however, it does
offer insights into how OSHA and other agencies within the DOL intend to interpret and act upon the Order.
"Falls remain the leading cause of death and injury on construction sites. It is inexcusable for employers to
not provide fall protection," said Eric Brooks, OSHA's area director in Bismarck. "Despite being previously cited for exposing workers to these hazards, Lorz Construction has yet to commit to its legal responsibility to protect workers on the job."
With construction-related work deaths on the rise, city investigators are discreetly appearing at job sites and arresting workers with
fake safety training cards.
A newly funded research project aims to determine if current methods are sufficient for
removing toxins from firefighters' personal protective equipment.