Labor Law Guy

Construction Industry Draws Most OSHA Ire

Posted in Random Musings by laborlawguy on January 7, 2009

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), which has drawn a lot of fire from labor rights groups–as has the whole Department of Labor–for lax workplace regulation under the Republicans, recently posted its 2008 Top Ten List of most commonly cited standards (in other words, standards that resulted in the most citations for violations).

Construction came out in the top two spots, the first relating to scaffolding and the second to fall prevention. (Somehow, these two seem intertwined, don’t they?)

For the full list, plus another list on violations that resulted in the most fines, go to this OSHA page.


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  1. Brian Crouch said, on January 21, 2009 at 8:39 am

    All OSHA cares about is whether or not employees are informed. Of course some times they want you to have a training program in place for the enviroment the job will be completed. That could potentially mean for building contractors having multiple training and notification programs setup for one kind of job based on numerous locations. Sounds ridiculous but its the truth. Fines can be eliminated by simply telling and/or training them and then having them sign off. Otherwise you might as well bend over because eventually OSHA will get you. I learned the hard way as a contractor when I started. OSHA does not care so being proactive is the only option. Visit Personnel Concepts at They have several OSHA programs. Some of them even come with a guarantee.

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