August 8, 2020
5th Circuit Narrows Reach Of OSHA Commercial Diving Safety Standard
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in a new decision is rejecting OSHA’s broad reading of the universe of facilities subject to its safety standards for commercial diving, holding that the agency cannot apply the rule to aquarium divers because they fall under an exemption for “scientific” workers. The July 15 ruling in Houston Aquarium v. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC), et al. , overturns a 2012 OSHA citation against the aquarium for...
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