New Residential Construction Fall Prevention Regulations Take Effect on September 15, 2011

September 09, 2011, 02:35 PM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently enacted new fall protection regulations. However, those regulations did not take immediate effect. Instead, OSHA announced a three month phase-in period to allow contractors time to adjust to the new regulations and implement necessary changes. During the phase-in period, contractors in violation of the new regulations are issued hazard letters. The phase-in period is set to expire on September 15, 2011, and after that date, contractors in violation of the new regulations will be subject to significant fines. Contractors engaged in the construction of residential, wood frame structures must be aware that the phase-in period expires next month and compliance with the new regulations should be an immediate priority. –David J. Sullivan