OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standards and Establishing Personal Fall Protection System Requirements
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule updating its Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes an additional section that will establish employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.
"OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibility will reduce worker deaths and injuries from falls," stated Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
OSHA estimates the final standard will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,000 injuries annually.