Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.
For any part of the contract work, contractors or subcontractors cannot require any laborer or mechanic employed in the performance of the contract to work in surroundings or under working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to their health or safety.
Potential Hazards for workers in construction include the following:
For construction, the 10 OSHA standards most frequently included in the agency's citations in FY 2014 were:
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1. Construction Industry, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/doc/index.html
2. Safety and Health Topics - Scaffolding, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/index.html
4. Portable Ladder eTool, Cal/OSHA. Retrieved from: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/etools/08-001/index.htm
5. Safety and Health Topics – Electrical, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/electrical/index.html
7. Safety and Health Topics – Crane, Derrick and Hoist Safety, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/cranehoistsafety/index.html
8. Safety and Health Topics – Powered Industrial Trucks, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/poweredindustrialtrucks/index.html
12. Health Hazards in Construction, OSHA (2009). Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/dte/grant_materials/fy09/sh-19495-09.html
15. Personal Protective Equipment – Insulating Gloves and Sleeves, CAL-OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/electric_power/ppe_insulatinggloves_sleeves.html
16. Safety and Health Topics – Respiratory Protection, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/respiratoryprotection/standards.html