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OSHA Inspection Toolkit


The construction industry has historically been deemed a high-hazard industry by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and, as a result, home builders are frequently the subject of OSHA inspections. OSHA is authorized to conduct inspections of construction job sites to determine if employers are complying with OSHA safety standards, and investigations are conducted by OSHA compliance safety and health officers.

This toolkit provides builders and trade contractors with resources for dealing with OSHA’s stepped-up enforcement and increased penalties.

Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations in Construction (for year ended Sept. 30, 2018)

  1. Fall Protection - General Requirements (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451)
  3. Ladders (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  4. Fall Protection - Training (29 CFR 1926.503)
  5. Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102)
  6. General Safety and Health Provisions (29 CFR 1926.20)
  7. Head Protection (29 CFR 1926.100)
  8. Aerial Lifts (29 CFR 1926.453)
  9. Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  10. Fall Protection - Systems Criteria and Practices (29 CFR 1926.502)
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