OSHA Issues Final Rule on Construction Confined Spaces

May 1, 2015 Dave Anderson
Confined Space
OSHA today issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. Construction protections now match those in manufacturing and general industry, with some differences tailored to the construction industry.

Differences include requirements to ensure that multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards - a safety option made possible by technological advances after the manufacturing and general industry standards were created. OSHA estimates the new rule will prevent about 780 serious injuries every year.



“This rule will save lives of construction workers,” said OSHA head Dr. David Michaels. “Unlike most general industry worksites, construction sites are continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined spaces changing as work progresses. This rule emphasizes training, continuous worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers’ safety and health.”

Compliance assistance material and additional information is available on OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Web page. 

 
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