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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Announces Final Rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution

On April 1, 2014, OSHA announced that it is issuing the final rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution.  The final rule will appear in the Federal Register on April 11, 2014.  The rule will become effective 90 days after it appears in the Federal Register. 

The final rule for general industry and construction include, among other things, new or revised provisions on host employers and contractors, training, job briefings, fall protection, insulation and working position of employees working on or near live parts, minimum approach distances, protection from electric arcs, deenergizing transmission and distribution lines and equipment, protective grounding, operating mechanical equipment near overhead power lines, and working in manholes and vaults.

The final rule also revises the general industry and construction standards for electrical protective equipment and also includes new requirements for the safe use and care of electrical protective equipment to complement the equipment design provisions.

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Nickole C. Winnett, Jackson Lewis, Work disability lawyer, medical leave claims attorney

Nickole Winnett is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a member of the Employment Litigation practice group and the Workplace Safety and Health practice group. Ms. Winnett is a contributing author on Jackson Lewis’ website, an editor of Jackson Lewis’ OSHA Law Blog, and is a frequent speaker on employment and workplace safety and health matters.

Ms. Winnett advises clients regarding all aspects of the employment relationship, and represents employers on litigation matters in state...