On December 11, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will extend its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction for three months, through March 15, 2013.
According to a release from the agency, these temporary enforcement measures include free on-site compliance assistance, the potential for lower penalties, extended abatement dates, and programs to maintain consistency and outreach. OSHA said its main goal through the extended enforcement is to lower the number of falls in the workplace, which cause the most occupational deaths.
"OSHA has been working closely with the industry to assist employers in complying with the new directive," the agency wrote in a press release. "From Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012, OSHA's On-site Consultation Projects performed more than 3,000 on-site visits, conducted close to 1,100 training sessions, and delivered close to 500 presentations related to fall protection in residential construction."
According to OSHA, falls are one of the most common causes of work-related injuries and deaths. Provide employees with appropriate fall protection to reduce the risk of workers falling from overhead platforms, elevated work stations, or into confined spaces.