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OSHA Announces New Directive for Residential Fall Protection

As New Jersey and New York construction accident attorneys, we were pleased to learn about an important OSHA directive issued at the end of 2010. On December 22, 2010, OSHA took action to protect residential roofers from fall injuries. The directive replaced a 1995 directive that exempted residential builders from fall protection requirements. The 1995 directive was meant to be in place only temporarily while issues of feasibility could be worked out. However, it remained in effect for 15 years.

Why the New Directive is Necessary

During those 15 years, there were a high number of fall-related deaths in residential construction. According to OSHA, falls are the number one cause of construction fatalities, and a worker is killed by falling off a residential roof almost every week in this country. OSHA hopes to reduce the number of residential construction fall fatalities with this new directive.

Getting Help After a Residential Construction Fall

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a New York or New Jersey construction accident, then you may be entitled to damages. Contact a New York and New Jersey construction lawyer today at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form for more information.

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