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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?

  1. 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)].
  2. The controlling contractor assumes all obligations under the standards, whether or not he subcontracts any of the work [29 CFR 1926.16(b)].
  3. 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)].
  4. 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.

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