Despite being covered since 1971 under the original steel
erection standard, America's 56,000 steel erectors continue to suffer 35
fatal accidents per year, a rate of one death per 1,600 workers. OSHA estimates that 30 of those deaths, as well as nearly 1,150
annual lost-workday injuries, will be averted by compliance with provisions of
the new standard, developed with industry and labor through
negotiated rulemaking. To that end, this eTool* has been created to educate employers and workers about the revised standard (Subpart R).