OSHA Conducting Weekend Inspections of Construction Sites

July 18, 2007

For the third straight year, Region V of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (overseeing Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin) has announced that it will be working overtime during the peak construction season and will be conducting unannounced weekend inspections of active construction sites pursuant to its “Summer Weekend Construction Inspection Program”.  The Weekend Inspection Program focuses primarily on fall hazards, safe scaffolding and avoidance of contact with overhead power lines.

The drive behind the Weekend Inspection Program is OSHA’s belief that many contractors and construction sites are not as vigilant about maintaining required safety practices during weekends.  As evidence, OSHA cites to statistics showing that, over the past 7 years, 15 percent of fall, scaffold, and overhead power line fatalities occurred on weekends.  OSHA’s Region VII (Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska) has also instituted a Weekend Inspection Program targeted at the construction industry.

The Weekend Inspection Program should serve as a reminder to contractors, construction managers, property owners and others involved in construction work that they should always  remain conscious of workplace safety and be diligent in maintaining and enforcing safety policies and programs, even when working on the weekends. 

If you have questions or would like additional information regarding the subject of this advisory, please feel free to contact any attorney in the Labor and Employment Department at Frost Brown Todd.

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