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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new COVID-19 alert specific to the construction industry. The stated purpose of the alert is to provide “tips” to contractors, and others in the construction industry, to reduce potential exposure of construction workers to the coronavirus. Since employers are subject to OSHA citations under the “general duty” clause for failing to adequately protect employees from communicable diseases, including COVID-19, these “tips” should be considered a mandatory part of any safety plan. To reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus, OSHA “suggests” employers:

Construction industry employers should review their current safety plans to make certain the foregoing items are addressed. Employers should consult with their legal counsel if questions arise.

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