Residential Construction Industry

Hazards and Solutions

Prevention Videos (v-Tools)

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Construction Hazards. The videos show how quickly workers can be injured or killed on the job and are intended to assist those in the industry to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards. Most of the videos are 2 to 4 minutes long, presented in clear, easily accessible vocabulary, and show common construction worksite activities. The videos may be used for employer and worker training.

Residential construction has less restrictive building codes than commercial construction. This gives builders the flexibility to build homes to the homeowners' specifications. With so many ways to build a house, residential construction workers face a unique set of hazards and safety considerations. The following links provide information that may be helpful when identifying the hazards of residential construction and solutions to those hazards.

Confined Spaces
Electrical Safety
Fall Protection
Fire Safety
Hand and Power Tools
Lockout/Tagout (Control of Hazardous Energy)
Noise and Hearing Conservation
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Respiratory Protection. OSHA eTool. Offers expert assistance to businesses seeking to comply with the new respiratory protection standard 29 CFR 1910.134. Its primary focus is to provide information on the development of respirator cartridge change schedules. However, it also addresses respirator selection, and other requirements of the standard.
  • Personal Protective Equipment. OSHA Publication 3151, (2023). Discusses types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and their use in preventing injury to workers. Certain types of PPE intended to protect against life-threatening hazards are also discussed.
  • Personal Protective Equipment. OSHA Fact Sheet, (April 2006). Also available in Español.
  • Hearing Conservation. OSHA Publication 3074, (Revised 2002). Summarizes the required component of OSHA's hearing conservation program for general industry. Covers monitoring, audiometric testing, hearing protectors, training, and recordkeeping requirements.
  • For additional information, see OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages on:
Silica, Crystalline
Stairways and Ladders
  • Stairways and Ladders - A Guide to OSHA Rules. OSHA Publication 3124, (2003). Provides an overview of OSHA requirements for stairways and ladders used in construction, alteration, repair, painting, decorating, and demolition of worksites.
Trenching and Excavation