Construction trade groups sue OSHA over silica rule

Eight construction industry organizations filed the legal challenge to the rule, citing concerns about its technological and economic feasibility.

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | April 13, 2016

A coalition of trade associations filed suit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's final silica rule. The rule, issued by OSHA March 24, will lower the amount of silica dust workers can be exposed to and mandate certain controls to limit exposure. Eight construction industry organizations filed the legal challenge to the rule, citing concerns about its technological and economic feasibility.

“OSHA's silica regulation is based on flawed science, flawed economic data and flawed logic,” Pete Ruane, president of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association in Washington, said in a statement. “The unintended consequence of the proposal is that it will actually expose road workers to greater risk by diverting resources.”

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