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| Standard Number:||1926.501(b)(13); 1910.1200(g)|
1. We all know that OSHA has been in existence for a number of years. We also know that until now, OSHA has virtually ignored the residential construction industry. If OSHA is truly interested in protecting workers on residential construction sites, it seems to me that a program of education first, warnings second, and fines with citations third would be more fare and effective in achieving compliance. To jump on our industry with both feet and issue citations and large fines, just alienates contractors and gives us the impression that OSHA is only trying to find a new revenue source.Congressman Barca, these are the types of concerns with which we need your help. I want our employees to be as safe as possible but we need education, and help with compliance, not fines and citations. We also need realistic rules and standards.
2. The fall protection rules and standards which OSHA has been enforcing are impossible to comply with on a residential construction site. The National Association of Home Builders in Washington has done extensive research on anchor points, drop loads, etc., and has determined that these rules do not work on our jobsites. I am told that OSHA in Washington has agreed and is in the process of re-writing these standards. Therefore, our local OSHA people are writing citations and issuing fines for standards with which we cannot comply! When I discussed this with a local OSHA employee, his comment to one of my concerns was that we could apply 4' X 8' sheets of roof sheathing over roof trusses from inside the building. To my knowledge this is impossible. If you would like more information on NAHB research, I invite you to contact Regina Solomon at NAHB (1-800-368-5242/number 507).
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