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The following announcement affects all steel erection!
Notice from Fed OSHA re: CPL 2-01034
Effective October 1, 2009
OSHA revises enforcement policies for fall protection during steel erection
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revised the steel erection compliance directive for the agency’s Steel Erection Standard to change two enforcement policies related to tripping hazards and installation of nets or floors during steel erection.
One of the revised policies addresses the standard’s requirement that employers install a floor or net within two stories or 30 feet, whichever is less.
The other policy states that employers must comply with the requirement that steel studs, known as shear connectors, be installed at the worksite. Shear connectors bind concrete to the steel.
“Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers,” said acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab. “We are intent on reducing the number of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry and believe these policy revisions will help us attain that goal.”
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2007 data show that 1,204 fatalities occurred in the construction industry, 447 of which resulted from falls.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA’s role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America’s men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
State of Nevada
Department of Business & Industry
555 East Washington Avenue, Suite 4900
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Phone: 702-486-2750 | Fax: 702-486-2758
CONTACT: Elisabeth Shurtleff, Public Information Officer
Nevada OSHA Strengthens Fall Protection Standards
Las Vegas – The State of Nevada Occupational Health and Safety Administration today announced that it will adopt stronger fall protection standards than those outlined in Federal OSHA Compliance Directive CPL 02-01-034. CPL 02-01-034 relates to fully planked or decked flooring or netting placed within two floors, or 30 feet, of the work area. CPL 02-01-034 also outlines parameters for the placement of shear connections before decking or netting is installed.
After a meeting held at the request of Danny Thompson, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO, the decision to strengthen CPL 02-01-034 was made with input from additional representatives of the Nevada AFL-CIO as well as representatives from the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. While the Federal instruction regarding fall protection was more effective in preventing falls by use of a 100% fall arrest system, it has been less effective in reducing the fall distance, injuries from falling objects and access to upper levels during an emergency. Additionally, in reviewing the hazards associated with sheer connectors, Nevada OSHA determined that Sub Part R of the Steel Erection Standard is more effective in eliminating tripping and falling hazards.
Effective August 1, 2008, the State of Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration will no longer follow the instructions set forth in Questions 23 & 25 of CPL 02-01-034, relating to the decking and netting as well as the placement of shear connections before decking is placed. Specifically, CFR 1926.754(b) (3) and CFR 1926.754(c) (1) Subpart R of the Steel Erection Standard will apply in these circumstances, and violations of these standards will result in citation according to the Nevada Operations Manual.
“This ruling sends a strong message that Nevada OSHA puts workers safety first and it will make Nevada a safer place for all workers,” said Danny Thompson, Executive Secretary-Treasury of the Nevada AFL-CIO.
Greg McClelland, Safety Director for the ADR Program Ironworkers’ Workers Compensation Trust, Safety Consultant, Labor Management Cooperative Trust, noted in a letter to the Agency that the steps taken by Nevada OSHA “… will positively affect every Ironworker in the State of Nevada.” McClelland further noted, that “the involvement of you and your District Management in the Safety Advisory Committee in Las Vegas, illustrates the sincerity of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Nevada. It is the desire of not only the District Council of Ironworkers of the State of California and Vicinity, but all the stakeholders in the State of Nevada, to continue the level of cooperation and teamwork you and your staff have shown on this issue. The recognition and abatement of the hazards exposed to workers is the common goal of all parties. We appreciate your foresight and attention to this interpretation that has caused confusion and exposure to the workers of Nevada.”
Nevada OSHA Chief Administrative Officer L. Tom Czehowski commented, “Our mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of Nevada’s working men and women. Considering the unprecedented levels of construction that are currently taking place, particularly on the Las Vegas Strip, we are pleased to be able to implement stronger regulations to protect workers.” CAO Czehowski went on to say, “As Safety Director McClelland mentioned, cooperation and teamwork are critical to construction safety. That’s why we’re also pleased to have been invited to the meetings of the Labor Management Cooperative Trust’s Safety Advisory Committee, which was recently formed to provide a forum to discuss construction safety issues.”
For more information about Nevada OSHA, visit http://dirweb.state.nv.us/OSHA/osha.htm.