It’s a fact: over half of OSHA inspections are conducted at construction sites, most of which are multi-employer worksites. And for good reason, as fatalities from falls in 2017 were at their highest level in the 26-year history of the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries with falls causing more than one-third of construction deaths.
But falls are not the only cause for concern at construction sites. OSHA has also stated three major emphasis areas for this year including crane operator certification, trenching and excavation, and the continued implementation of the construction respirable silica rule. It’s critical for construction employers to understand OSHA’s multiemployer citation policy and how it impacts your vulnerability to enforcement action before an inspector arrives at your site.
OSHA recently announced that a new crop of OSHA agents are in training and will be ready to start inspections this year. Jobsite inspections have steadily increased since 2016 already so if you haven’t yet prepared your site for an inspection, now’s the time.