- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona will repeal part of its construction safety standards after the federal government deemed them unsafe.

Legislation in 2012 changed Arizona’s standards so that conventional precautions would have to be taken if someone was working 15 feet above ground or higher. Federal standards say the precautions are required at 6 feet above ground.

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration threatened to take over state operations if Arizona did not comply with the six foot rule. But a law passed during last year’s legislative session repealed the Arizona standards if and when the federal OSHA officially rejected them.

The federal government issued its final rejection on Friday. The state says it will start enforcing the federal rules on Saturday and will offer free workshops for builders.

The Arizona Builders Alliance applauded the move.

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