This OSHA regulation subpart is a bit of a catch-all for the regulatory agency, listing regulation 1926-10 as the repository for the general rules for the Construction section.
The Labor Secretary for the United States Department of Labor has interpreted the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, Section 107 to create these rules, which define who, and under what circumstances, the OSHA Construction regulations apply.
As mentioned in our previous section on OSHA construction work regulations cover any alteration that you make to your facility, whether that is new construction or repair including painting and decorating. So, any work done that is not a matter of routine maintenance would likely be categorized as construction work.
This regulation also defines who is covered under the regulatory rules. The simple answer to this question is “anybody employed to do the work.” That includes employees, contractors, subcontractors and vendors.
No one is allowed to bend the rules on safety. This means contractors who have workers doing work for them are also covered. In essence, anyone on your property executing the work is covered, and you and any contractors employing them are liable for anything they do, under law.
OSHA defines violations of this statute as forcing workers to work in conditions that are:
- Containing hazardous materials
- Involving serious risk of injury
The specifics of what each of these areas entails is outlined in our other OSHA sections.