Changes in OSHA Fall Protection Requirements in Residential Construction

Posted by: Hilger Hammond On: 18th January 2012 | no responses.

By:  Mark A. Rysberg

Historically, OSHA has not required fall protection in residential construction because doing so was too difficult and infeasible.  In September of 2011, OSHA changed the rules regarding fall protection requirements so that residential contractors must use tie-offs or fall protection for work over six feet above grade.  Contractors can use methods to satisfy this requirement; including using a guardrail system, safety net system, personal fall arrest system, and other OSHA approved methods.  Alternatively, residential contractors may use a site specific fall protection plan if the contractor can demonstrate that fall protection is infeasible or makes the work more hazardous.  OSHA has published additional information that may be helpful in understanding and complying with these requirements.

Bill to Repeal the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act

Posted by: Hilger Hammond On: 16th June 2011 | no responses.

Hard hat areaIn 1975, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (“MIOSHA”) was born.  Earlier this year, Senator Mark Jansen introduced SB14, a bill to repeal the Michigan Occupational Safety in favor of a federal OSHA program.  The bill is intended to save the state of Michigan money by relying on federal OSHA regulation.  However, opponents to the bill argue that a federally regulated OSHA program would not protect many workers and would lead to the decrease of jobsite safety in Michigan.  Currently, the bill is before the Senate