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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



James J. O'Day and Marc R. Pacheco


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to further define standards of employee safety.






James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Carmine L. Gentile

13th Middlesex

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

John C. Velis

4th Hampden

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Edward F. Coppinger

10th Suffolk

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Linda Dorcena Forry

First Suffolk

Daniel Cullinane

12th Suffolk

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Barbara A. L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex

Kathleen O'Connor Ives

First Essex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Michael S. Day

31st Middlesex

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Nick Collins

4th Suffolk

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2433        FILED ON: 1/15/2015

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By Representative O’Day of West Boylston and Senator Pacheco, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1756) of James J. O’Day, Marc R. Pacheco and others for legislation to further define standards of employee safety.  Labor and Workforce Development.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court



An Act to further define standards of employee safety.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 6 of chapter 149 of the general laws is hereby amended by adding a new sentence at the end of the first paragraph as follows:

All such rules, regulations and orders for the prevention of accidents and the prevention of industrial or occupational diseases shall provide at least the level of protection to employees as are provided under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 U.S.C. chapter 15, including standards and provisions of the general duty clause.  In the absence of a state rule, regulation or order, the department shall apply the relevant provision(s) of that act.