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OSHA proposes change to walkaround rule

August 31, 2023

While ABC said it will review the proposed rule and assess options for a legal challenge, unions came out in its favor.

“NABTU supports DOL and OSHA ensuring construction workers have safe workplaces including ensuring that our union representatives, who may not be direct employees of the project employer, may accompany and assist OSHA in an inspection,” North America’s Building Trades Union President Sean McGarvey said in a statement shared with Construction Dive.

The potential change would codify how the agency has long interpreted a rule that states a compliance officer can permit an employee representative accompany them, even if the rep. has no direct involvement in the project.

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