On average 12 Americans die every day on the job, and three of them work in construction. Almost half of all fatal falls occur in construction.
Inspections Conducted Nationwide (Total Vs. Construction) Source: OSHA IMIS Data Oct. – Sept. FY 2009 Vs. FY 2010
Construction Fatalities Have Declined Fatal work injuries to construction workers declined by 16% in 2009 following the decline of 19 % in 2008.
Standards Cranes and Derricks –Became Effective November 8 th, –Fact sheets, and other materials posted in October. –Designed to address leading causes of fatalities: electrocution; collapse/overturn; crushed and struck- by hazards during assembly/disassembly.
Cranes and Derricks Facts The final standard will prevent 22 fatalities and 175 non-fatal injuries each year. The certification requirements in the final rule are designed to work in conjunction with state and local laws, and to afford several options for ensuring the knowledge and abilities of operators.
Standards Pre-rule –Injury and Illness Prevention Programs –Backing Operations (RFI) –Reinforcing and Post-Tensioned Steel Construction (ANPR) Proposals –Silica
Standards Final rules affecting both general industry and construction –MSD column –Hazard communication – Globally harmonized system –Electric power generation and transmission –Standards Improvement Project, Phase III
Standards Final rules focused on construction –Confined spaces –Cranes and derricks in underground construction and demolition
Enforcement Residential Fall Protection Announced revision of directive December 22 Will begin to enforce on June 16, six months from the policy change Employers can still use a fall protection plan if they can show that fall protection is infeasible
Fall Protection Devices
Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) Concentrates resources on inspecting employers who have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations Replaces OSHA's Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP).
74 (63%) of the 118 SVEP cases are in construction 7 of the 74 SVEP construction cases are fatalities Severe Violators Enforcement Program
Enforcement New cranes and derricks directive Revised directive on highway work zones New PPE directive Revised Construction chapter of the FOM