Agency strives to make construction standard consistent with general industry standards

OSHA has recently proposed an update to its rule on the construction of electric power transmission and distribution installations called Electrical Power Generation, Transmission, And Distribution And Electrical Protective Equip. The update includes the use of PPE and insulating gloves, host/contractor responsibilities, fall protection, grounding, and minimum approach distances. The purpose of the update is to make the rule current and more consistent with the more recent corresponding rules for electric power transmission and distribution systems.

OSHA estimates that 74 fatalities and more than 400 injuries occur annually among workers involved in electric power generation, transmission, and distribution. Anyone wishing to offer feedback on the updated rule may contact OSHA’s Docket Office at Docket No. S-215, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, MR. N-2625, Washington, DC 20210 by Oct. 13.