The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Miami-Dade County’s ordinance requiring construction cranes to be able to withstand 140 mph winds is invalid.
Construction firms had challenged the law, arguing that it would cost jobs, hinder and was beyond the county’s (or the state’s) ability to regulate compliance. The court agreed, stating that workplace safety issues are the exclusive province of OSHA.
The county had argued that cranes that couldn’t withstand hurricane-force winds constituted a danger to the public.
The court noted in its opinion that construction sites are not open to the public and therefore OSHA standards apply.
- Feel free to discipline or terminate employees who insist on working unauthorized overtime
- Tell managers: Unless you have notes, you can't terminate
- Be careful! Caregiver discrimination claims are on the rise
- 'Tis the season to be jolly … but careful with parties, gifts, bonuses
- FMLA changes are here — and even more are on the way