If you need a reason to implement and enforce safe work practices, take a look at the numbers. The statistics show that accidents happen more often and cause more lost workdays for masonry, stonework, and plaster work than for the construction industry at large and for all private industry nationwide. A list of the unsafe practices for which masonry contractors are most often cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is provided. One-third of the citations are scaffold-related violations. At least 10% of the citations are written because employees did not wear protective clothing or use personal protective equipment. How do you lower the number of citations and the number of accidents and lost workdays? Make safety a priority.