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JLC • NEW ENGLAND EDITION • JANUARY 1996 JLC • NEW ENGLAND EDITION • JANUARY 1996 FALL PROTECTION: COMPLYING WITH OSHA'S NEW RULES Where railings and tie-offs won't work, the new rules allow for alternative strategies Under OSHA's new rules, even carpenters laying plywood on the first-floor deck must be protected from falling. Since scaffolds and tie-offs are not the answer, the work site must be carefully managed as a "Controlled Access Zone." When the phone rang, it was one of my foremen saying, "OSHA's here." I hurried to the job to find two compliance officers beginning their pre-inspection meeting. I'm a very safety-conscious builder: We have a written safety plan and hold weekly safety meetings. I figured I would probably get a medal. But instead,