This month the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule to increase worker protection for those that work in confined spaces.
The goal is to minimize industry casualties. This comes in response to two workers who, last year, were repairing leaks in manholes and were asphyxiated.
Unlike most general industry worksites, construction sites are continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined spaces changing as work progresses. This rule emphasizes training, continuous worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers' safety and health.
-Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health