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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.

OSHA Intervenes in Time to Protect Workers From Trench Collapse
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Prevención contra caídas (Fall Prevention in Construction)


What's New What's New

New OSHA schedules informal hearing on proposed extension of crane operator certification deadline. OSHA News Release [4/15/2014]

New OSHA announces national stand-down for fall prevention in construction [3/19/14]

New No more falling workers: OSHA focuses on protecting cell tower employees after increase in worksite fatalities. OSHA News Release, (2014 Feb. 11)

New OSHA letter to communication tower industry employers

New Fall from a Telecommunications Tower: FATAL Facts (PDF*)

Protecting the Safety and Health of Communication Tower Workers*. (2013, November 8).

Construction Industry Digest

Related Topics Related Topics

New Scaffolding: Narrow Frame Scaffolds Fact Sheet (PDF*). (OSHA 3722 - 2014).

New Material Hoist Collapse (PDF*). OSHA FATAL Facts No. 8, (2014).

New Hazard Alert: Using Dolly-Type Devices to Spread Flammable Liquid Adhesives on a Roof Can Cause Fires. SHIB [3/13/14]

Prevention Videos (v-Tools): Construction Hazards. OSHA.

Prevention through Design (PtD). OSHA Alliance Program - Construction Workplace Design Solutions

Trenching and Excavation Safety [English* | Spanish*]. OSHA Fact Sheet, (2011).

New factsheets on minimizing silica exposure in construction [3/1/13]

Ladder Safety Guidance

  • Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely - Booklet [PDF* | EPUB* | MOBI*]
  • Safe Use of Extension Ladders - Fact Sheet (English) [PDF*]
  • Safe Use of Job-made Wooden Ladders - Fact Sheet (English) [PDF*]
  • Safe Use of Stepladders - Fact Sheet (English) [PDF*]
  • NIOSH Ladder safety phone app - English and Spanish

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.

Accessibility Assistance: Contact the OSHA Directorate of Construction at 202-693-2020 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

*These files are provided for downloading.

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