On April 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated previous rulings regarding the construction of transmission and distribution installations. Much has changed since the provisions were last updated in 1972, and the new ruling is now consistent with today’s general industry standards.
The new standard puts into place amended requirements for employees working on or near live parts, deenergizing transmission lines, operating machinery above power lines, and more – to include revised training and fall protection. Additionally, the ruling also discusses electrical protective equipment design, equipment materials, and foot protection standards. The revised ruling will become effective July 10, 2014.
Click here to view OSHA’s final rule in detail.
Written by: Absolute Consulting
Source: Federal Register; Daily Journal of the United States Government