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Construction Safety Regulators Ramp Up Silica Rule Enforcement

Nov. 5, 2018, 8:37 PM

One year into new federal requirements protecting construction workers from inhaling silica dust, safety inspectors found 640 violations, a Bloomberg Law analysis of enforcement reports shows.

While far less than the 7,270 construction fall protection violations cited by federal authorities in fiscal year 2017, the silica violations show the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state agencies expect contractors to adhere to OSHA’s newest construction mandate.

The construction silica rule and related regulations for other industries should annually prevent 642 deaths and 918 moderate to severe lung disease cases, OSHA predicted when it released the rule in March 2016. ...