Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley Issues Advisory on OSHA 10 Act

 Did you know that in Massachusetts all workers on a public construction project are required to have completed an OSHA 10 hour Construction course? Chapter 306 of the Acts of 2004, An Act Relative to the Health and Safety on Public Construction Projects (effective July 1, 2006), requires “any person submitting a bid for, or signing a contract to work on” any public works or public building, estimated to be worth more than $10,000, to certify that “all employees to be employed at the worksite” have successfully completed a 10-hour course in construction safety approved by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), referred to as the OSHA 10 course. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office released an advisory on the Act this week which restated the scope of the Act and how it can be enforced. This quote from Attorney General Martha Coakley was included on Mass Building Trades website: “This Act attempts lower the costs on public construction sites by minimizing accidents,” said Attorney General Coakley. “It is important that employers and employees who are subject to the statute understand what the law means and what our office’s role is in enforcing that law.”The Act provides that in the case that the requirements are not met on a public works project the AGO is authorized to “proceed to Superior Court to enjoin the award of contracts and the performance of contracts.” Make sure all of your employees are OSHA 10 hour certified, and schedule training with UASC today!