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California DIR Takes Aim at Public Works Construction Sites – Construction Employers Should Review Workplace Safety Compliance

The Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) has announced an initiative to inspect publicly funded construction sites to ensure employers provide worker’s compensation and follow labor laws, including workplace health and safety requirements.

With this new focus, construction employers who work on public works projects should review their workplace compliance to avoid citations.

Cal/OSHA has a guidance page for construction employers which provides an overview of issues for employers to consider and additional guidance that is available.

Some of the compliance issues that construction employers should review include:

  • Access to Work Levels

  • Airborne Contaminants

  • Confined Spaces

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • Ergonomics

  • Fall Protection

  • Heat Illness Prevention

  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment

These and many more compliance issues are further identified on Cal/OSHA’s guidance page for construction employers.  There are also administrative requirements that employers should review, including having required postings and documents, such as safety data sheets, available on site.

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About this Author


Sean Paisan is Of Counsel in the Orange County, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on workplace safety and health (OSHA), data privacy, and traditional employment matters, including litigation and counseling.  

Sean’s first exposure to OSHA regulations occurred during his undergraduate studies while working for a construction company that helped build Disney’s California Adventure. After attending law school and working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the United States...

Sierra Vierra, Jackson Lewis Law Firm, Sacramento, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney

Sierra Vierra is an Associate in the Sacramento, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents management in civil litigation and administrative proceedings involving employment law matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, benefits, and a wide range of wage and hour issues. She litigates in federal and state courts, including class and representative actions, and represents employers in administrative proceedings. She also provides preventive advice and counsel on best practices.