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Proposed legislation could be breakthrough for window cleaners

May 19, 2010
ST. PAUL, MNRep. Jim Davnie, DFL - Minneapolis, has introduced legislation aimed at reducing deaths in the state''s window cleaning industry, which has experienced three fatalities in recent years, according to Workday Minnestoa.
Davnie worked with members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 to develop the legislation, HF 3824, the article noted.
The bill creates a stakeholders'' taskforce to meet and develop safety standards for the industry and looks to amend the state building code to enhance window cleaner safety, the article stated.
According to the article, the taskforce will develop training, education and licensure standards for both companies and workers while coordinating any initiatives with the Occumpational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
"The high rate of accidents related to window cleaning in Minnesota is unacceptable," said Davnie. "Window cleaners perform a vital service for residents of the city and deserve our respect. We can honor the memory of the workers who passed away by ensuring their colleagues finally get proper protection while working."
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