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Human Resources Department

Occupational Safety & Health Unit

Construction Safety

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Construction activities conducted by county employees are often comprised of a wide range of activities involving residential construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large scale painting jobs. Many of the activities may expose workers to serious hazards, such as falling from heights, operating machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocution, and potential exposure to silica dust, asbestos, excessive noise, or temperature extremes.

Employers are required to implement safety precautions throughout a work site that provides for the safety of workers while they are performing their assigned tasks. In general, no worker shall be required or knowingly permitted to work in an unsafe place, unless for the purpose of making it safe and then only after proper precautions have been taken to protect the employee while doing such work. Additionally, the employer is required to make a thorough survey of the conditions of the site to determine, so far as practicable, the predictable hazards to employees and the kind and extent of safeguards necessary to carry out the work in a safe manner

To get more information on the applicability of construction safety programs for a specific County operation please contact the corresponding departmental Safety Coordinator.

For further information on specific regulatory guidelines please refer to the link(s) below.

Cal-OSHA Construction Safety Guidelines

Cal-OSHA Pocket Guide for the  Construction Industry