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 OSHA Proposes Rule to Ensure Crane Operators Are Qualified To Safely Operate Equipment. OSHA Trade Release (May 18, 2018).
- 5th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Begins May 7. OSHA National News Release (May 3, 2018)
- Roof Tarping (Blue Roof) Safety Fact Sheet, (November 2017).
- Crane Operator Certification Extension – Final Rule. OSHA delayed the enforcement date for crane operator certification by one year until November 10, 2018. Federal Register (November 9, 2017).
- NSC Construction & Utilities Division
- Safety at Heights Resources: Falls from height is the second-leading unintentional fatal workplace event. The resources includes Fall Protection When Performing Aerial Work on Wood Poles; Safety Around Drilled Holes – Pier or Direct Embed Foundations; Guide to Selecting Fall Protection Systems for Bridge Work.
- Launch of Enforcement of the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, 29 CFR § 1926.1153, OSHA Memo, (September 20, 2017).
- Monorail Hoists Enforcement Policies [PDF]. OSHA Memo, (June 30, 2017)
- Confined Spaces in Residential Construction [PDF]. OSHA Fact Sheet, (June 2017)
- Communication Tower Best Practices [PDF] - OSHA/FCC Joint Publication. A guide to establish accepted practices for performing communication towers work safely. (June 2017).
- Delay of Enforcement of the Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153, OSHA Memo, (April 6, 2017).
Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Construction Violations - 2017 (as of Sept. 30, 2017)
- Fall Protection - General Requirements (1926.501)
- Scaffolding (1926.451)
- Ladders (1926.1053)
- Fall Protection - Training (1926.503)
- Eye and Face Protection (1926.102)
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
- Head Protection (1926.100)
- Aerial Lifts (1926.453)
- General Safety and Health Provisions (1926.20)
- Fall Protection - Systems Criteria and Practices (1926.502)