Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a list of the most common standard violations at construction sites. The list for 2014 is shown here:Fall protection, constructionHazard communication standard, general industryScaffolding, general requirements, constructionRespiratory protection, general industryPowered industrial trucks, general industryControl of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (Ladders, constructionElectrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industryMachinery and Machine Guarding, general requirementsElectrical systems design, general requirements, general industry
The construction industry accounted for over 20 percent of the 4,101 worker fatalities in US private industry for 2013. Compliance with OSHA standards can be the difference between life and death—this means effective training, maintenance, and supervision from the employer. Failing to meet any of the relevant OSHA standards at construction sites puts employees at risk, and poses a liability concern for the employer.