John M. Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Under a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Region IV, OSHA inspectors are emphasizing fall protection in the construction industry. In a recent example of the REP’s effects, OSHA cited four contractors in a Florida subdivision for failing to provide adequate fall protection to employees. These Jacksonville contractors were cited for a total of $144,800 in proposed penalties.
OSHA stresses fall protection, recognizing that falls are a leading cause of work-related injury. Fall protection standards for the construction industry may be found here. State sponsored programs will have their own similar standards. 2010 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that 35% of the 751 construction-related fatalities were caused by falls. Employers must be aware of the safety standards and stress full compliance.
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