WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor''s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has announced in a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register
its plans to require improved worker protection from tripping, slipping and falling hazards on walking and working surfaces, according to a press release.
"This proposal addresses workplace hazards that are a leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels
The current walking-working surfaces regulations allow employers to provide outdated and dangerous fall protection equipment such as lanyards and body belts that can result in workers suffering greater injury from falls, the release noted.
According to the release, the current walking-working surfaces standards also do not allow OSHA to fine employers who let workers climb certain ladders without fall protection.
Under the revised standards, this restriction would be lifted in virtually all industries, allowing OSHA inspectors to fine employers who jeopardize their workers'' safety and lives by climbing these ladders without proper fall protection, the release stated.