Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents|
| Standard Number:||1926.32; 1910.12|
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|MEMORANDUM FOR:||REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS|
|FROM:||JAMES W. STANLEY|
Deputy Assistant Secretary
|SUBJECT:||Construction vs. Maintenance|
(i) The terms "building" and "work" generally include construction activity as distinguished from manufacturing, furnishing of materials, or servicing and maintenance work. The terms include, without limitation, buildings, structures, and improvements of all types, such as bridges, dams, plants, highways, parkways, streets, subways, tunnels, sewers, mains, power lines, pumping stations, heavy generators, railways, * * * excavating,* * *.In order for work to be construction work, the employer need not itself be a construction company. See e.g., New England Telephone & Telegraph Co., 4 OSHC 1838, 1939 (1976), vacated on other grounds sub nom. and New England Telephone & Telegraph Co. vs. Secretary of Labor 589 F.2d 81 (1st Cir. 1978).
(j) The terms construction, completion, or repair mean the following:(1) all types of work done on a particular building or work at the site thereof * * * 29 CFR 5.2(i) and (j).
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