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Contractor Safety Programs for Construction Project — Part I

Contractors have a moral and legal obligation to protect their employees from harm during the performance of their duties. Providing a work site that is free from recognized hazards is an achievable goal that will benefit both the contractor and the contractor’s employees.

The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has developed standards that address most job site situations. Whether a contractor is merely putting up a ladder or actively involved in a steel erection project, there is a standard, or standards, that addresses these activities.

A safety program that incorporates work procedures extracted from the applicable standards for the type of work the contractor does will, to the greatest extent possible, reduce the possibility of injury to employees.

However, just having written policies and procedures is a far cry from having a viable safety program.

To be effective, a safety program must contain four key elements. They are:… Read More