MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – New safety regulations will hopefully keep window washers who work on tall buildings in Minnesota safer.

Minnesota’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said three workers died on the job in the last couple of years, including 25-year-old Ryan John Shannon, who fell eight stories to his death from an apartment building in St. Louis Park last June.

The new safety standards require employers to have a comprehensive written safety plan. Also, workers who go above 14 feet on a building must be given comprehensive training in several key areas, including fall protection and proper care, use and inspection of equipment.

Comments (4)
  1. co says:

    Just what we need more laws and more paperwork BS. Fact is if you work in a dangerous occupation, you stand a greater risk of injury or death. Can’t fix it all with more laws

  2. Wendy says:

    The nanny state. You’ll be required to wear a helmet to get your mail.

  3. Swamp Fox says:

    @co & Wendy:
    Good grief! Your comments have nothing to do about Occupational Safety and the folks who risk there lives everyday to do a job you wouldn’t do. Where would we be on the jobs we do with some resemblance of safety rules and laws?

    CO, yes there are some dangerous life threatening jobs that are risky to accomplish. Then why not have safety equipment and regulations to make the job easier and easier to accomplish?

    Wendy, “Nanny sate or not” if it wasn’t for OSHA Regulations and the like the hazardous job occupations would be riskier and more dangerous that they already are. If it wasn’t for Coast Guard and OSHA regulations and approved safety equipment I wouldn’t be writing this comment to you and CO. If I lived in a hazardous area and my mailbox was in harm’s way you’d better believe I would that hard hat you scoff at. The life that safety gear saves may be mine!

    Need I say more???

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