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How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection in Construction


Posted on February 3rd, 2023

How to prepare for an OSHA inspection in construction.

Construction Dive recently revealed that in 2022, OSHA inspected more construction sites than any other type of workplace.

What is an OSHA worksite inspection?

During an inspection, an OSHA representative visits the jobsite and monitors for work hazards and safety violations. They may inspect the entire site or specific work areas.

Employees may request an OSHA inspection or OSHA may schedule one based on frequent injuries, third-party referrals, or complaints.

What happens when you fail an OSHA inspection?

If the OSHA inspector finds safety violations during the inspection, a citation—or multiple citations—will be issued.

The business must pay a significant financial penalty for each citation. And, if too many citations are accrued or if the violations are particularly severe, the project may be shut down until corrections can be made, costing the business even more revenue in lost work time.

How to prepare for an OSHA inspection

Depending on the reason for the inspection, the business may not be notified in advance.

So, the best way to prepare for an OSHA inspection—or avoid one entirely—is to proactively establish, enforce, and document good safety practices.

Here’s how Raken can help.

1. Review OSHA guidelines frequently

Workers want to stay safe, but without frequent reminders, they may forget or neglect safety requirements.

Toolbox talks are a great way to reinforce proper procedures and keep safety top of mind for your construction crew.

Raken’s construction toolbox talk library makes it easy to find talks that relate to upcoming tasks. Featuring a comprehensive list of over 100 topics, our app helps safety managers and other onsite professionals deliver relevant information and document toolbox talk attendance.

You can even schedule talks in bulk across multiple projects. Take the guesswork out of choosing topics for your managers and be sure you have a record of who attended talks each day.

2. Use checklists to document safety procedures

Whether your crew is about to use a potentially dangerous piece of equipment, or they need reminders to keep their workspace clean and organized, checklists help make sure they don’t miss any crucial safety steps.

Our construction safety checklists cover equipment inspections, hazard identification, site upkeep, and more. Assign a checklist, have your crew complete it within our app, and all documentation gets automatically attached to our daily reports and saved to a project-specific folder.

3. Consistently monitor progress on the jobsite

Even with toolbox talks and checklists to reinforce guidelines, safety hazards are inevitable on the jobsite. That’s why one of the most important safety procedures is consistent monitoring.

With photo and video documentation, Raken makes it easy to monitor progress on or offsite. Improve site visibility and catch potential hazards before they lead to accidents and injuries.

And if a violation occurs, all photos captured with our easy-to-use daily reporting app are automatically time and date-stamped so you can review exactly when and where it happened.

Raken keeps crews safe

Raken’s digital reporting tools help you catch work hazards before they lead to incidents. Use our construction safety management app to deliver and document toolbox talks, checklists, and other safety procedures.

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