California: Hearing to address subsection for piling material regulation
The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will consider proposed revisions to Title 8, Construction Safety Orders of the California Code of Regulations, Div. 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4, Article 7, Section 1549, Piling Material at a public hearing to be held Sept. 17, 2009.
The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in Room 358 of the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA. The rulemaking was prompted by a decision rendered by the OSHAB concerning an incident where an employee was seriously injured when approximately 2,112 pounds of sheetrock fell from the fourth-floor balcony of a building that was being framed. The employer was cited for violating Section 1549(e), but the administrative law judge dismissed the citation, stating that Section 1549(e) applies only to material inside buildings under construction. The rulemaking would add a subsection (h) to Section 1549 that would address material that might pose a falling hazard, where the material is in an elevated location on the exterior of a building under construction. For more details, visit www.dir.ca.gov/OSHSB/Piling_Materials.html.
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September 10, 2009
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