Construction is a high hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. Examples include residential construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large scale painting jobs. 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 in these Construction Industry web pages are designed to assist those in the industry - whether worker or employer - to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards.
How can OSHA help?
OSHA has developed this webpage to provide workers and employers useful, up-to-date information on the Construction Industry. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities and other services OSHA offers, read OSHA's Workers' page.
Provides workplace safety standards and regulations to ensure safe working conditions for the nation's construction workers; and coordinates with and provides assistance to other regulatory agencies on the implementation and enforcement of major construction laws and standards.
- NEW Monorail Hoists Enforcement Policies [PDF]. OSHA Memo, (June 30, 2017)
- NEW Confined Spaces in Residential Construction [PDF]. OSHA Fact Sheet, (June 2017)
- NEW Communication Tower Best Practices [PDF] - OSHA/FCC Joint Publication. A guide to establish accepted practices for performing communication towers work safely. (June 2017).
- NEW OSHA intends to propose an extension of the November 10, 2017, compliance date for crane operator certification, further information will be provided when it is available. (May 2017)
- Delay of Enforcement of the Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153, OSHA Memo, (April 6, 2017).
- Enforcement of minimum approach distance requirements in 29 CFR 1910.269 and 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart V (Dec. 22, 2016)
- Recommended Practices for Safety & Health Programs in Construction (October 2016)
Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Construction Violations - 2016 (as of Sept. 30, 2016)
- Duty to have fall protection
- Fall protection training
- Eye and face protection
- General safety/health
- Head protection
- Aerial lifts
- Fall protection systems criteria and practices