OSHA Update 3.18.2013

OSHA and Montgomery County Align to Prevent Construction Falls

  • OSHA has teamed with the Montgomery County Worker Health and Safety Commission to spread the word to transit riders about preventing falls in construction. The poster campaign on the public transit system is an attempt to raise awareness “about the hazards of working from heights in construction and the necessary steps to keep workers safe (such as harness and lines for roof work). The posters direct riders to call 1-800-OSHA or visit OSHA’s Web page to learn more about the outreach campaign, which includes educational materials, training resources, local events and more.
  • For more information on the campaign and to see the new bus posters, go to www.osha.gov/stopfalls.

Stakeholder Meetings to Discuss Crane Operator Certification Requirements

  • OSHA is holding two informal stakeholder meetings to solicit comments on crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. From the news release, “The agency seeks information from the public on 1) the usefulness of certifying operators for different capacities of cranes, and 2) the risks of allowing an operator to operate all capacities of cranes within a specific type.”
  • OSHA will hold separate meetings from 9 a.m. to noon on April 2 and 3, 2013, at the U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3437 A, B, and C. The Department of Labor is located at 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.
  • Individuals interested in participating in, or observing, a meeting must pre-register by calling OSHA’s Directorate of Construction at 202-693-2020.

Florida OSHA Releases Two Reports on the Costs of Work-Related Hospitalization

  • The Florida Occupational Health and Safety Program collaborated with the University of North Florida to release two reports on the costs of work-related hospitalization and emergency department visits for the years 2006–2010.
  • The reports can be accessed University website: