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State strengthens window washing regulations

January 31, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — Since 2009, Minnesota has seen three on-the-job deaths, prompting state safety officials to look to make window washing a safer profession, according to the Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MnOSHA) will begin to tighten employer requirements when it comes to equipment inspections and training for any employee who will work more than 14 feet off the ground, the article stated.

According to the article, the new standards are set to take effect March 1, and according to Ken Peterson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, are designed to "reduce risks to workers and ensure that systems are in place to identify and control workplace hazards."

Since late 2010, MnOSHA has stepped up workplace inspections, and in the 34 inspections since, the agency has found a lack of proper safety equipment and improper use of suspension scaffolds and lifelines at some sites, the article noted.

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