The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) announced the issuance of new provisions covering the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution line and equipment. The previous rules for transmission and distribution installations were more than forty years old, last updated in 1972.
These new standards make critical changes in the areas of construction requirements for electric power line work, include new or revised provisions for safety-related information sharing, and specify improved fall protection for employees working at heights. General industry standards and electrical protective equipment requirements were also given much needed updates in the new rules.
OSHA estimates that the new standards will save nearly twenty lives and prevent more than 115 injuries each year. Additionally, the provisions will save an estimated 179 million dollars annually.
You can read a copy of the news release here.