There are numerous hazards that can lead to serious injury in the construction industry. The hazards addressed in
this eTool have been selected because statistics show they cause most construction-related fatalities. An effective
Safety and Health Program should focus on these
areas to help ensure that potentially fatal accidents are prevented.
Do the OSHA Construction Standards apply to me?
- The standards apply to:
- All contractors who enter into contracts which are for construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting
and decorating [29 CFR 1926.10(a)].
- All subcontractors who agree to perform any part of the labor or material requirements of a contract [29 CFR 1926.13(c)].
- All suppliers who furnish any supplies or materials, if the work involved is performed on or near a construction
site, or if the supplier fabricates the goods or materials specifically for the construction project, and the work can
be said to be a construction activity [29 CFR 1926.13(c)].
- The controlling contractor assumes all obligations under the standards, whether or not he subcontracts any of the
work [29 CFR 1926.16(b)].
- To the extent that a subcontractor agrees to perform any part of the contract, he assumes responsibility for
complying with the standards with respect to that part [29 CFR 1926.16(c)].
- With respect to subcontracted work, the controlling contractor and any subcontractors are deemed to have joint
responsibility [29 CFR 1926.16(d)].
Highlights of Standards
No employer who performs any part of a construction contract shall require any employee to work in surroundings or
under conditions which are [29 CFR 1926.20(a)(1)]:
- Unsanitary, and/or
- Hazardous, and/or
- Dangerous to health or safety.