Until a few years ago, I — like most builders and remodelers — didn’t give safety on the job a whole lot of thought. But then I got a call from my job-site foreman that changed everything. “You better get down here,” he said. “OSHA’s here.”

In hindsight, OSHA’s visit shouldn’t have been a surprise. We were working on a multifamily project, a series of townhomes in a busy part of town. And we were setting trusses with a crane. Any inspector could have seen from half a mile away that there was dangerous work in progress. Even so, we weren’t ready.

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