The Trump administration’s new construction rules could put tens of thousands of workers out of work

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has proposed new rules for construction, with the aim of reducing the number of jobs lost when construction equipment breaks down.

The proposed rules, the first major policy document from the administration since taking office, call for companies to notify workers of potential equipment failures within 45 days, but they do not require them to pay for repairs.

In addition, contractors must submit quarterly reports detailing their progress on repairs and provide information on how workers can be notified if equipment fails.

Trump also is rolling back a rule that required all construction workers to wear masks when working on sensitive sites.

On Wednesday, the White House released the proposed regulations, which will be available on the Federal Register later this month.

But a senior administration official said the administration’s proposed rules do not mean that workers will be allowed to go to work without masks, but instead that workers would need to get their workers masks and report them to the National Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which oversees safety at construction sites.

In addition to mandating workers wear protective gear, the regulations also include a provision to provide employers with an opportunity to waive the mandatory mask requirement for workers who are sick, injured or on leave, if they are unable to wear the masks.

A similar provision has been in place since the George W. Bush administration, when President Bush ordered that all construction employees wear face masks.