OSHA's new fall-protection rules could reduce cost of workers comp

11/13/2011 | Business Insurance (tiered subscription model)

Although new fall-protection rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration could increase costs for roofing contractors, some in the insurance industry say the rules will also decrease the cost of workers compensation insurance. In some instances, alternative safety measures may be used, but "any alternative fall protection plan must be written and site-specific and prepared by a qualified safety professional," according to David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA.

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