OSHA Extends Temporary Leniency Measures

Originally published by: OSHAAugust 30, 2012

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In a recent press release (which can be read by clicking on the pdf link below) the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will extend for three months its temporary enforcement measures* in residential construction. The temporary enforcement measures, now extended through December 15, 2012, include priority free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency, and increased outreach. Fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace death in construction.

*The temporary enforcement measures are listed here, and essentially grant OSHA Regional Administrators the latitude to apply good faith reductions to penalties and to allow extended periods for mitigation.

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