The statistics are undeniable — the construction trades are among the occupations with the highest number of injuries and deaths in the United States year after year. Hundreds of thousands of injuries, illnesses and fatalities could be prevented each year by implementing safety measures which are required by law.
Construction poses a variety of unique and complex safety challenges. The use of contractors, excavations, demolition, fall protection, cranes and other heavy equipment are all issues which affect construction operations high accident rate.
The construction industry standards in this book (29 CFR 1926) are to aid employers, supervisors, managers and construction workers in their efforts toward compliance with OSHA standards in the workplace. The standards are presented by each subpart then followed by a summary of the reference to the appropriate regulation.