One of the good guys in Congress, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.),
recently wrote to David Michaels, the head of the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), asking him to explain why
the agency felt compelled to change its rules for fall protection
on residential projects. One of Walberg's questions was: "What
evidence does the agency have that slide guards are not an
effective fall-protection device?"
Michaels responded, in part, as follows: "OSHA's Integrated
Management Information Systems (IMIS) records for 2005-07 show
three instances where slide guards were installed but did not
prevent a fatal fall from occurring. … In comparison, IMIS
records show no instances where workers experienced a fatal fall
while using a personal fall-arrest system."
According to IMIS...
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