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Residential Construction Industry
An estimated 1.6 million Americans are employed in the construction industry, half of which work in residential construction. Each year, roughly 38,000 construction injuries are reported, with some 21,000 involving days away from work. Many OSHA standards apply to residential construction for the prevention of possible fatalities.
Residential construction is addressed in specific OSHA standards for Recordkeeping, General Industry and Construction.
Hazards and Solutions
Provides information that may be helpful when identifying the hazards of residential construction and solutions to those hazards.
Safety and Health Programs
Provides references that characterize and further explain safety and health programs.
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Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.
- Temporary Enforcement Policy for Residential Construction Work in Confined spanish_dictionaries. OSHA Memo, (January 6, 2016).
- Fall Protection in Construction. OSHA Publication 3146, (2015).
- Protecting Roofing Workers. OSHA Publication 3755, (2015).
- Nail Gun Safety. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
- Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely | Las caídas desde escaleras pueden ser mortales: Úselas de forma segura (EPUB | MOBI). OSHA Publication 3625, (2015).
- Preventing Falls in Construction. OSHA. Also available in Spanish.
- Prevention Videos (v-Tools) | Construction Hazards. OSHA.
- Fall Protection in Residential Construction. OSHA Guidance Document.
- U.S. Labor Department's OSHA acts to protect residential roofing workers - Agency rescinds Clinton-era directive and gives workers more safeguards against falls. OSHA News Release, (December 22, 2010).
- OSHA Dictionaries (English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English). OSHA. Includes over 2,000 general OSHA, general industry, and construction industry terms.
- Construction. OSHA eTool. Contains information that helps workers identify and control the hazards that cause the most serious construction-related injuries. Also available in Spanish.