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How do I protect my company and employees from an OSHA citation.

FAQ: Understanding your Safety responsibilities

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Responsibilities of Construction Employers

(29 CFR 1926.20)

CFR = Code of Federal Regulations

 I am a small business construction employer, am I required to conduct work in compliance with OSHA regulations?
  •  Answer: Yes
  •  All contractor and subcontractor construction employers, regardless of company size are required to conduct work in compliance with OSHA code of federal regulations for construction.
  •  {29 CFR 1926}
 I only hire subcontractors, am I still responsible for their safety?
  •  Answer :Yes In no case shall the prime contractor be relieved of overall responsibility for compliance.
  •  {29 CFR 1926.16(a)}
My subcontractors refuse to work safely per the federal standards. Can I, the general contractor, receive a citation for their non compliant actions.
  •  Answer: Yes
  •  Where joint responsibility exist on a project, both the primary contractor and subcontractors are subject to an OSHA citation.
  •  [29 CFR 196.16 (d)]
If my subcontractor does not have a active safety system, can I, the general contractor be held responsible?
  • Answer: Yes
  •  It is the responsibility of the employer to initiate and maintain an active safety and training program. (learn more about our safety program)
  • [(1926.20(b)(1)]
  •  It is the responsibility of the employer to assure that their employees posses the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their tasks safely.
  •  (29 CFR 1926.20)
Do I, the general contractor, have to purchase PPE (hard hats, safety glasses, etc) for the subcontractors working on my site?
  •  Answer: NO as a GC you are not required to buy PPE
  •  however, you are required to make sure anyone working on your jobsite HAS the required PPE equipment.
  •  The employer must provide PPE to each employee required to use the PPE, each failure to provide PPE to an employee may be considered a separate violation.
  •  [(1926.20(f)(1)]


 Accident Prevention Measures

Job Site Inspections

Am, I, the GC, required to inspect the job site and the workers to make sure they are conducting work safely?
  •  Answer :Yes
  •  Frequent and regular inspections of the job sites, materials and equipment to be made by qualified persons.
  •  [1926.20 (B)(2)]

Pike recommends a ratio of 1 -2 monthly unscheduled inspection per site depending on volume of activity per job site

‘Lock-Out Tag-Out’

  •  disposal procedures for machinery, tool, material, or equipment which is not in compliance with any applicable requirement.
  •  [1926.20 (B)(3)]

 Electrical tape is not a permitted for the use of repair on extension cords. [416.e1]

Specific Hazard and Equipment Certification

I have my own a skid steer, all-terrain forklift, and manlift, can I let anyone, including subcontractors use my equipment?
  • Answer: Yes
  •  The employer shall permit only those employees qualified to operate equipment and machinery.
  • [1926.20(b)(4)]


I have a 10hr OSHA training card, Does this make me or my company OSHA compliant?
  • Answer: No
  •  Having a 10 hour training card is great, however the company you work for must still meet the federal standards pertaining to a safety compliancy system and training for all workers.

The employer must train each affected employee in the manner required by the standard. Each failure to train an employee may be considered a separate violation.

  •  [1926.20 (f)(2)]


(C) = Construction standard

Received an OSHA violation? A typical citation fine can range from no less than $1,000 - $20,000 Per violation found. Depending on the severity.

Safety is a long term investment to the overall financial health of your company and well being of its workers.

Apply today to see if your company qualifies for our OSHA citation fine reduction program.