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Updated Apr 16, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Bill could stop US takeover of Arizona construction division

PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has unanimously approved a bill lawmakers
hope will avert a federal takeover of the state’s construction safety standards
division.

Senate Bill 1307 was approved by the House last week and by the Senate on
Wednesday. It will now go to the governor’s desk.

Arizona has its own Occupational Safety and Health Administration that must
comply with minimum federal requirements.

Legislation in 2012 changed Arizona’s safety standards so that conventional
precautions would have to be taken if someone was working 15 feet above ground
or higher. Federal standards require the precautions at 6 feet above ground.

The federal agency has threatened to take over inspections unless the state
makes changes.

The bill would revoke that 2012 legislation but only if the federal agency
ultimately deems Arizona’s standards inefficient.

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