Construction Industry OSHA Requirements

Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. They must provide their employees with a workplace that does not have serious hazards, and that follows all relevant OSHA safety and health standards. Following the construction industry OSHA requirements not only helps your employees, but is the law.

Employers must comply with specific standards. All employers in the construction industry must also have injury and illness prevention programs. Contractors and employers that do construction work must comply with standards in 29 CFR 1926. Subpart C, General Safety and Health Provisions.

Other specific sections of these standards:

  • Includes the responsibilities for each contractor/employer to initiate and maintain injury and illness prevention programs.
  • Provide for a competent person to conduct frequent and regular inspections. Instruct each employee to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions and know what regulations are applicable to the work environment.
  • Employees must be provided training in a language and vocabulary they can understand.

OSHA Worksite Investigations

OSHA conducts on-site inspections of worksites to enforce the Construction Industry OSHA requirements and law that protects workers and their rights. Inspections are initiated without advance notice, conducted using on-site or telephone and facsimile investigations and performed by highly trained compliance officers.

Worksite inspections are conducted based on the following priorities:

  1. Imminent danger
  2. A fatality or hospitalizations
  3. Worker complaints and referrals
  4. Targeted inspections—particular hazards, high injury rates
  5. Follow-up inspections

Inspections are conducted without employers knowing when or where they will occur. The employer is not informed in advance that there will be an inspection, regardless of whether it is in response to a complaint or is a programmed inspection.

Download Our OSHA Guide for the Construction Industry

OSHA Compliance Guide

Does your broker provide you with timely updates on new and revised OSHA regulations?

  • OSHA constantly updates its standards and requirements, and even a single update can drastically impact the construction industry and your regular operations. We can provide you with attorney-reviewed documents that outline your obligations, making it easy for you to focus on your construction projects instead of complicated OSHA rules.

Are you prepared for an unannounced OSHA inspection?

  • If an OSHA inspection finds violations at one of your construction sites, you could face fines and watch your reputation plummet. We can offer you construction-specific compliance resources and inspection guides to help you address potential issues before they occur.

Does your business comply with OSHA’s hazard communication standards?

  • Construction employees often have to work with or around hazardous substances, and even one incident can lead to serious injuries and costly fines. Our clients have access to construction-specific toolbox talks and articles, as well as workplace posters and hazard communication programs that can ensure your business is compliant with OSHA standards.

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