Construction safety

Injury prevention resources for one of the most dangerous industries.


For information on slips, trips, and falls from the same surface, visit the slips, trips, and falls topic page.  Tips for how to stay safe on ladders can be found on the ladder safety page.

Find silica information on the chemicals and materials page.

Simple solutions for home building workers (NIOSH)
A basic guide for preventing manual material handling injuries. 

Fall protection, aerial lifts, mobile cranes and scaffolds

Fact sheet | Falls from roofs can be prevented (NIOSH)
An illustrated, quick-reference sheet that can be used as a poster.

Fall protection in residential construction (OSHA)

Fact sheet | Aerial lifts  (OSHA)
A short overview on hazards, training, safety, and operation of an aerial lift.

Scaffolding eTool (OSHA)
Illustrated checklists for specific types of scaffolds. 


Working safely in trenches quick card (OSHA) [English and Spanish]
Easy-to-use, illustrated one-page cards.

Fact sheet | Trenching and excavation safety  (OSHA)
Brief, two-page sheet on dangers, safety measures, rules, and more.

Construction eTool (OSHA)
Trenching and excavation

Hand tools

Hand tool safety guide
A short guide on teaching safe tool methods, storage and handling, and identifying defects.

Pneumatic nail guns (The Center for Construction Research and Training)
One page hazard alert on nail gun safety, including how injuries happen and how to prevent them. [Spanish]

Nail gun safety (NIOSH)
Learn what you can do to prevent nail gun injuries, including short videos on the best and worst types of nail guns.

Safety comic: Straight talk about nail gun safety (NIOSH)
10-page comic book with a serious subject: nail gun use and safety. [Spanish]

Choose hand safety (Center for Construction Research and Training)
Learn how to choose hand tools and gloves with interative resources, training, and more.

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