Meetings

Meetings

On April 20, 2021, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) adopted a final rule for chapter 296-155 WAC, Safety standards for construction work, Part S, Demolition.

Brief Description: The purpose of this adoption is to update the requirements in chapter 296-155 WAC, Safety standards for construction work, Part S, Demolition, to improve the safety of employees working in the demolition industry, as well as improve public safety.

The adopted language requires employers to develop and implement a written demolition plan tailored to the operation and to the types of hazards involved, which must be kept on the jobsite. In addition, this rulemaking aligns with the fall protection standards in chapter 296-880 WAC, Unified safety standards for fall protection.

Background: Following an investigation of demolition violations related to the Highway 410 overpass collapse and a subsequent review of the citation history for the demolition requirements under chapter 296-155 WAC, Part S, L&I determined that rule changes were needed to ensure that demolition plans were developed and implemented.

L&I determined that rule changes were needed to ensure demolition plans were developed based upon the engineering survey and the demolition plan must incorporate conditions of the framing, floors, and walls, and potential of unplanned collapse and any portion of the structure(s). Hazards such as unplanned collapses and flying or dropping debris, can injure both workers and the public. These hazards can be mitigated with an engineering survey and a demolition plan.

Effective date: June 1, 2021

Previous meeting reports

Rulemaking Activities

On April 20, 2021, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) adopted a final rule for chapter 296-155 WAC, Safety standards for construction work, Part S, Demolition.

Brief Description: The purpose of this adoption is to update the requirements in chapter 296-155 WAC, Safety standards for construction work, Part S, Demolition, to improve the safety of employees working in the demolition industry, as well as improve public safety.

The adopted language requires employers to develop and implement a written demolition plan tailored to the operation and to the types of hazards involved, which must be kept on the jobsite. In addition, this rulemaking aligns with the fall protection standards in chapter 296-880 WAC, Unified safety standards for fall protection.

Background: Following an investigation of demolition violations related to the Highway 410 overpass collapse and a subsequent review of the citation history for the demolition requirements under chapter 296-155 WAC, Part S, L&I determined that rule changes were needed to ensure that demolition plans were developed and implemented.

L&I determined that rule changes were needed to ensure demolition plans were developed based upon the engineering survey and the demolition plan must incorporate conditions of the framing, floors, and walls, and potential of unplanned collapse and any portion of the structure(s). Hazards such as unplanned collapses and flying or dropping debris, can injure both workers and the public. These hazards can be mitigated with an engineering survey and a demolition plan.

The links below provide additional information about this rule:

Effective date: June 1, 2021

CR-103 Adoption
Adoption Language
Final Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA)
Concise Explanatory Statement (CES)

Rules and laws Resources

For additional information

Please contact Cathy Coates with any rulemaking questions: Cathy.Coates@Lni.wa.gov or 360-902-5432.

Please contact Erich S. Smith with any technical questions about this rule: Erich.Smith@Lni.wa.gov or 206-515-2786.

Get updates via email

If you would like to receive email updates regarding this proposed rulemaking project and future stakeholder meetings, please sign up for our email updates.