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Last updated Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Serving The State of Illinois

OSHA construction standards are set through their department in the National labor board. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires that your employer follow all of their safety and health OSHA standards for construction. OSHA’s General Duty Clause requires all employers to provide their employees with a workplace that is free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

The act that governs the OSHA standards for construction and general industry provides guidance for both construction employers and workers, meaning anyone engaged in carpentry, ironworking, plumbing, electrical, heating/ ventilation/air conditioning/ventilation, masonry and concrete work, utility construction work, and earthmoving activities.

Construction is a high-hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.

The information, tools, and resources provided by OSHA are designed to assist those in the construction industry – whether worker or employer – to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires that your employer be following all OSHA construction standards including their safety and health standards and regulations. OSHA’s General Duty Clause requires all employers to provide their employees with a workplace that is free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

The act that governs this provides guidance for both construction employers and workers, meaning anyone engaged in carpentry, ironworking, plumbing, electrical, heating/ ventilation/air conditioning/ventilation, masonry and concrete work, utility construction work, and earthmoving activities.

The #1 top violation cited by OSHA for the construction industry is falling and failure to prevent falls.  Dillon Holewinski of McClone Insurance reports that it has remained consistently the #1 issue for the last 5 years consecutively!

So, it probably is not surprising that other top 10 violations are related to falls and the failure to prevent them — two of the main culprits in construction injuries are scaffolding and ladders.

  • Fall Protection, General Requirements — (6,010 violations)
  • Hazard Communication — (3,671 violations)
  • Scaffolding — (2,813 violations)
  • Lockout/Tagout — (2,606 violations)
  • Respiratory Protection — (2,450 violations)
  • Ladders — (2,345 violations)
  • Powered Industrial Trucks — (2,093 violations)
  • Fall Protection, Training Requirements — (1,773 violations)
  • Machine Guarding— (1,743 violations)
  • Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment, Eye and Face Protection — (1,411 violations)

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