Ignorance is usually no excuse for violating the law, but an appeals court recently ruled that federal safety standards on open ladders and platforms were too confusing. It threw out a citation against an electric plant where a worker apparently was killed by a fall. Even an Occupational Safety and Health Administration official had trouble explaining what the rules meant. (Beaver Plant Operations Inc. v. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, No. 99-2257, 1st Cir., 2000)
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