Construction Trade Groups Push Osha For ‘practical’ Silica Rule

The Atlanta-based group is building this section of the trail, as it did the first section, in cooperation with local municipalities and the Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail. “It really connects the populated area of the town of Port Royal and the city of Beaufort where most of the population is,” he said. “Everyone will really be able to travel into the heart of the city basically.” The second leg of the trail will look like the first — a 12-foot-wide concrete path — and will pass through residential and marsh areas. It includes three parking areas — about 14 spaces at Broome Lane, 10 at Westvine Drive and 26 at Ribaut Road. Ribaut Road will be a trail head and include a small park between the end of the trail and the road. The section will cost about $1.1 million, of which $600,000 is a grant from the James M. Cox Foundation.

Louis-based Murphy Co. “Several provisions in the proposed rule appear unnecessary for worker protection, and most likely will not be feasible for many construction firms. It is my hope that, by working with OSHA on the solution, [the Mechanical Contractors Association of America] and the coalition will be able to develop a practical rule for worker protection.” A practical rule “would adequately protect workers from overexposure without imposing unnecessary costs and burden on construction employers,” the association asserted in a press release. On Aug. 23, OSHA unveiled a proposed rule that would cut the permissible exposure limit in general industry, construction and shipyards to 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air.

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