Government says new rule to make power plant work safer

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is mandating new safety regulations that it says will help protect workers on electrical power plants and transmission lines.

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that 74 workers die each year from accidents in these industries.

The agency says the new rules will require better fall protection for workers on poles and towers, protective clothing for some workers and training to avoid electrical hazards.

OSHA announced Tuesday that the new rules will take effect 90 days after being published. Publication is scheduled for April 11.

OSHA has been working on the rules for about a decade.

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