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For decades, both industry authorities and government authorities have been in agreement with regard to the steps that a general contractor should take in order to ensure that work performed on their behalf is done safely and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA recognizes the need for the general contractor to take reasonable steps to ensure that their work is done safely and in compliance with their regulations by contractor and subcontractor workers. OSHA requires that all employers, general contractors, contractors and subcontractors employ OSHA-competent personnel to perform safety inspections as part of their safety program. On Aug. 31, 1995, OSHA gave clarification regarding Section 1926.32 addressing competent persons at construction sites. The following is excerpted from that interpretation:

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