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By Pam Hunter

A long-awaited federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration final rule for working in confined spaces on construction sites has received general support from industry and labor unions, which see the regulation as a positive development that will protect workers.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
29 CFR Part 1926
[Docket ID-OSHA-2007-0026]
RIN 1218-AB47
Confined Spaces in Construction

The rule, which OSHA released on May 1 and published in the Federal Register on May 4, establishes new requirements for working safely in confined spaces, such as pits, sewers, crawl spaces and tanks. The rule's requirements take effect on Aug. 3.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels says the final version of the regulation is “substantially different” from the proposal OSHA released in 2007....

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