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If you’re a construction company operating your business in the state of California, you are going to want to make sure that you have all of your ducks in a row. According to a recent article on NatLawReview.com, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is expected to increase their number of inspectors to check employers’ fall protection safety programs.

The increase, according to the article, is in response to the events that occurred at the end of last May when four construction workers died from accidental falls at separate work sites across the state of California. The Cal/OSHA Inspections are expected to take place mostly at construction sites in the San Francisco Bay Area but will likely occur down to Los Angeles and Orange County Areas. Recently the national branch of OSHA designated June 2-6 as “National Safety Stand-Down Week” to encourage employers to discuss fall hazards and prevention with their workers and crews.

But it's not just about falls! Just last week Daniel Pohl (23) of Apple Valey, California was electrocuted while working onsite at Mission Viejo Highschool. The School is a park of Saddleback Valley Unified School District and spokeswoman Tammy Blakely told The Orange County Register that the project the crew was working on was not authorized by the district. The accident is being investigated by Cal/OSHA.

In 2012, 269 of the 775 construction fatalities nationwide were caused by falls from elevation. If Cal/OSHA finds that a construction site is not compliant with all applicable state safety regulations, the employer will face significant penalties and the construction site could be cited and shut down until the issues are addressed.

Please make sure your men and women are safe onsite!

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