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Better than nothing


As you well know, in December 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cancelled its interim fall-protection guidelines for residential construction, eliminating the use of slide guards on roofs with slopes up to 8-in-12 (34 degrees). The agency stated safety nets, guardrails and personal fall-arrest systems would be required on such job sites effective June 16 of this year.

In February, NRCA filed a petition for judicial review of the new rules, explaining the rules fundamentally change the requirements for protecting workers from falls on residential roofing projects. However, in April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, Chicago, dismissed NRCA's petition.

The ruling was disappointing to NRCA, as well as other construction organizations.

NRCA reached out to Reps. Dennis Rehberg (R-Mont.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) to request OSHA reconsider its position.