The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently issued its Census of
Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2011. It is troubling and
instructive to note the number of fatal falls involving residential
roofing increased from the prior year. It's troubling because
nearly all falls can be prevented with the right equipment and
training. It's instructive because it indicates OSHA should be
working with the industry to expand the use of effective
fall-protection options, not limit them.
A separate report about OSHA enforcement activities from 2006-10
shows during that time period there was a 15.3 percent increase in
violations, 22.1 percent increase in serious violations and 217.1
percent increase in willful violations. Most citations involving
fatal falls are...
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