On January 17th 2017, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule revising and updating its general industry walking-working surfaces standards and personal fall protection systems became official. This rule affects employees in all general industry workplaces, such as warehousing, utilities, retail, manufacturing among others.
After being in the making for over 20 years, the final rule was published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2016, and became effective in 60 days which was January 17, 2017. OSHA has provided delayed compliance dates for several requirements. Whilst this standard covers a wide variety of topics, in this article we are focusing on fall protection cages that are common on fixed ladders.
As fixed ladders become increasingly used to provide safe access to elevations, this new standard will have a major impact. The key points relating to fall protection cages are stated in OSHA 1910.28 (b)(9).
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