June 11, 2007
Contact: Scott Allen
Saturday safety and health inspections are routine during peak construction season
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working overtime during the busy construction season to ensure builders are following proper safety and health standards for their employees. The agency is conducting unannounced Saturday inspections of construction work sites as part of its Summer Weekend Construction Inspection Program.
"We have found that some construction sites are not as vigilant about maintaining required safety practices during weekends," said Michael Connors, OSHA's Midwest regional administrator. "The OSHA standards are proven methods of keeping employees safe and are to be followed seven days a week, 365 days a year."
OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The agency has a vigorous enforcement program, having conducted more than 38,000 inspections last year and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last seven years. In fiscal year 2006, OSHA found nearly 84,000 violations of its standards and regulations. The Summer Weekend Construction Inspection Program has been very successful since its inception three years ago.
The building and construction industry is one of the most dangerous for employees. The private construction industry accounted for 1,186 fatal work injuries in 2005, the most of any industry sector, and representing about one out of every five fatal work injuries in all industries.
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 assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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