In a news release from December 11, 2012, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration announced that they will extend their temporary enforcement measures in residential construction. The original directive began on October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012, but will now extend through March 15, 2013.
Approximately 40,000 workers are injured on residential construction sites each year. Many of the injuries in residential construction could have easily been prevented if OSHA regulations were followed.
Below are the top 5 OSHA violations in residential construction:
In theory, OSHA inspections do not need a reason to happen. Any organization can be visited at any time by an inspector who need not have any reason to show up except the fact that the workplace is covered by federal safety regulations. But now, with temporary enforcement measures in place, the planning and preparation for OSHA compliance is of utmost importance.
On the bright side, the temporary enforcement measures are not only inspections, but also include priority free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency, and increased outreach.
OSHA has also developed materials to assist the residential construction industry, including a wide variety of education and training materials to assist employers with compliance. The web pages can found at: