Who Is Responsible For Ensuring Safety At The Construction Site For Which I Am Working?

OSHA safety and health regulations apply to "all contractors who enter into contracts which are for construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating." The regulations clearly state that the controlling contractor is responsible for providing a safe work site, even if portions of the work are subcontracted. Subcontractors are responsible for safety measures for the work they perform, but the controlling contractor has joint responsibility. A responsible contractor cannot raise the defense that a worker consented to working in unsafe or unhealthy conditions.