Safety first for residential builders – MIOSHA Resources

Safety first!

More job sites, more employees, more activity, and tight schedules.  Don’t let this mean safety is taking a low priority on-site!

Residential construction has been experiencing moderate growth during the past few years which has contributed to higher injury rates and fatalities in construction.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total case incident rate (TCIR) for Michigan construction increased from 2.6 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in 2011 to 5.0 in 2012.  Over the last five years more than 37% of construction fatalities in Michigan have occurred in the residential industry.

The key components of this initiative are:

  • A Residential Construction Local Emphasis Program (LEP) – Focusing resources on inspections of single and multi-family home construction.  Inspections will focus on the “Top 5” serious hazard categories commonly associated with residential construction.  The “Top 5” categories are:
  1.  Falls
  2. Scaffolds
  3. Ladders
  4. PPE/Tool Guarding
  5. Electrical
  • A Residential Inspection Checklist and other information to assist the employer in identifying common hazards will be distributed during inspections and is available on the MIOSHA website.
  • A Residential Construction Initiative Webpage has been developed which provides residential employers and employees with an easy one-stop link to residential-specific information (e.g., fact sheets, tool box talks, training materials and seminars, webcasts, and fatality case studies).  The webpage can be accessed at
  • Safety in Residential Construction” training seminars are being offered through local home building chapters around the state by the MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division and the HBA of Michigan.  For more information contact the CET Division at 517.322.1809 or go to  You can also go to the HBA of Michigan website at and click on the education link to see a list of seminars offered by local home builder associations.

Quick Links:

Residential Construction Safety Plan

Job Site Safety Checklist

Construction Safety Brochure

LARA MIOSHA Residential Construction Handouts