OSHA’s New Confined Space Rule Increases Protections for Construction Workers

May 12, 2015

This month, safety regulators at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued a final rule regarding increased protections for construction workers who work in confined spaces. Such confined spaces include (but may not be limited to):

  • Crawl spaces
  • Manholes
  • Tanks
  • Sewers
  • Other enclosed spaces that are not intended to be continuously occupied.

Just some of the hazards associated with such confined spaces include explosions, asphyxiation, electrocution and exposure to toxic substances.

Protections Offered by the Final Rule for Construction Workers

An experienced Denver workers compensation attorney looks at OSHA’s new confined space rule for construction workers.

An experienced Denver workers compensation attorney looks at OSHA’s new confined space rule for construction workers.

Similar to the regulations in place for manufacturing and general industry, the final rule for construction workers will require that:

  • Confined spaces are large enough for an employee to enter and have a means of exiting.
  • The air is tested in confined spaces before workers enter them to ensure that oxygen levels are sufficient (and that there aren’t toxic substances present).
  • Construction workers share their vital safety information with others when they are going to work in enclosed/confined spaces.
  • Hazards associated with confined spaces are continuously monitored and abated to the extent possible.

This final rule will go into effect on August 3, 2015, and OSHA officials have predicted that it could protect up to 800 construction workers each year, preventing them from sustaining serious (if not fatal) injuries.

Responses to the New Final Rule

Noting the importance of this new OSHA final rule for construction workers, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has stated:

In the construction industry, entering confined spaces is often necessary, but fatalities like these don’t have to happen…This new rule will significantly improve the safety of construction workers who enter confined spaces. In fact, we estimate that it will prevent about 780 serious injuries every year.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels expressed similar sentiments, noting that:

This rule will save lives of construction workers… Unlike most general industry worksites, construction sites are continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined spaces changing as work progresses. This rule emphasizes training, continuous worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers’ safety and health.

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