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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Friday, December 21, 2001
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
OSHA WILL NOT CONDUCT GENERAL SCHEDULE
INSPECTIONS ON STEEL ERECTION FOR 60 DAYS
(Washington) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it will not conduct general schedule inspections on the new Steel Erection Standard for 60 days, until March 19, 2002. During this period, the agency will emphasize outreach and education to assist the industry in training employees on the new requirements.
"It is very important that we provide an opportunity for OSHA field personnel, employers and employees to become familiar with the requirements of the new steel erection standard," said OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw. "For that reason, we will emphasize outreach and education for the first sixty days."
Although OSHA will not conduct general schedule inspections, the agency will inspect fatalities and complaints.
OSHA is preparing a comprehensive outreach and training initiative on safety standards for steel erection that begins with a three-day training session January 14-16 in Chicago. More than 300 participants, including stakeholders from the steel erection industry, OSHA compliance officers and consultative staff from each of the regional and area offices, and representatives from the state plan states are expected to attend the seminar. Additional training activities and educational materials will be developed.
The new standard addresses the hazards that have been identified as the major causes of injuries and fatalities in the steel erection industry. These include hazards associated with working under loads; hoisting, landing and placing decking; column stability; double connections; landing and placing steel joists, and falls to lower levels.
This news release text is on the Internet World Wide Web at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.
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