Construction workers are regularly exposed to hazardous conditions, high elevations, and heavy machinery that can lead to serious injury. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established strict guidelines for safety training and on-site procedures. Here’s what you need to know about OSHA and its standards for construction safety.
What is OSHA?
This government agency is responsible for regulating work conditions in the United States. They enforce workplace standards to protect the health and safety of all workers. To support their mission, OSHA identifies businesses that aren’t compliant and provide tools, training, and guidance to help business owners meet regulations.
What Are the Main OSHA Regulations for Construction?
Employers must provide workers with protective equipment, including eyewear, hard hats, ear muffs, gloves, and respiratory protection. Power tools and heavy machinery must have protective guarding and be inspected before and after the operation. All confined spaces, such as sewers or manholes, must have a signed permit, and any worker who enters one must have proper training. Trenches and excavation areas need to have a clear entry and exit and heavy machinery should never be parked within the specified vicinity of this site.
Additionally, employees are trained in safe work practices to minimize hazards for themselves and other workers. OSHA has authorized training programs designed to promote safety culture and the prevention of workplace hazards and teach workers about their rights and employer responsibilities.
Rojac Construction in Wailuku, HI, is dedicated to protecting the lives of their construction workers by strictly adhering to OSHA safety regulations. For 20 years, the commercial contractors have provided civil engineering and construction and demolition services to businesses throughout Maui. They’ve also been involved in the development of many of the island’s pipelines, underground utilities, and highways. Call (808) 986-1105 to schedule a consultation or view their resume online.