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Occupational Safety & Health Reporter Quotes Fuerth on “Flawed Decision”

Bloomberg BNA

November 2, 2017

Glenn Fuerth (Partner-New York) was quoted in an article titled “Welder Working from Scaffolding During Fatal Fall, Judge Rules” that appeared in the November 2, 2017, issue of BNA’s  Occupational Safety & Health Reporter. A workplace safety judge ruled that a steel company violated scaffolding standards when a welder fell to his death on a Fort Bliss, Texas, construction project. Glenn said he believes the decision was flawed in two ways: “First, all of the workers had OSHA 30-hour training, which includes scaffolds, and the decision is silent as to the extent of the training required. Second, the scaffold standard has specific requirements for various types of scaffolds and this scaffold came within the catch-all subsection of the standard that required 100 percent tie-off.” Therefore, Glenn said, “As the judge dismissed the citation asserting that the tie-off was defective, the work platform was in compliance with the standard.”

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Reproduced with permission from Occupational Safety & Health Reporter 47 OSHR 851 (Nov. 2, 2017). Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

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