OSHA announces steps to prevent demolition-related fatalities

On July 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a news release that outlines recent demolition-related fatalities that could have been prevented and provides information and guidelines to protect against accidents like this.

In its statement, the OSHA announced the updated version of its Demolition page – a resource site that aims to educate workers and employers about demolition hazards and prevention. The agency also said it recently provided demolition safety training to federal, state, and local government staff who manages construction safety in Philadelphia.

Nearly 1,000 citations for violating demolition safety standards were issued by the OSHA from 2009 to 2013. The most common violation was the failure to conduct an engineering survey prior to demolition to determine possible hazards.

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