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June 6, 1996

Public hearing scheduled for proposed changes to construction safety rules for fall protection

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries will hold a public hearings in late June to gather public comment on proposed changes to the safety standard for construction (WAC 296-155), relating to fall protection in the construction industry.

The proposed changes would re-adopt the construction fall protection standards that were in place prior to Oct. 1, 1995. The proposed change comes in response to industry criticism that the federally initiated that took effect last October are confusing and unnecessarily complicated. The proposed change would replace the federal rules with the previous state rules that were adopted with the construction industry's assistance.

Those industry-initiated rules resulted in a steady decline in fall injuries and fatalities. Construction industry associations and the Construction Advisory Committee supports re-adoption of the previous standard.

The hearing will be held: 9:30, a.m., June 27 L&I's central office auditorium 7273 Linderson Way Tumwater, WA

The agency also will accept written comments up until 5 p.m. July 5, by mailing to:

Department of Labor & Industries Consultation and Compliance Services Division Standards Section P.O. Box 44620 Olympia, WA 98507-4620

In addition, written comments of 10 pages or less may be faxed to 360-902-5529.

A copy of the proposed standard may be obtained by writing the above address or telephoning 1-800-4BE-SAFE.

The proposed changes, scheduled for adoption on Sept. 12, 1996, with an Oct. 14, 1996, effective date, would not entail any additional compliance requirements.

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