Ergonomics Rule Killed by The House

Amidst cheers from business owners and jeers from unions, the House joined the Senate in voting down a bill that would have required extensive and expensive changes in the workplace.

The ergonomics regulation, which was issued last November and would have taken effect in October, would cover over 100 million workers at more than 6 million work sites, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA estimated the compliance cost at $4.5 billion, far less than many business groups. The rule requires employers pay 90 percent of an injured employees wages if that person can no longer work after sustaining an injury from lifting, pushing, pulling or repeating a motion on the job. Employees who are injured but are able to take on a restricted job are guaranteed 100 percent of their wages under the rule.

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