Every year 19.6 percent out of the 3,945 deaths across all industries hail from the Construction industry based on OSHA data. The top fatalities in construction, generally referred to as the Fatal Four, are falls, electrocutions, struck by, and caught in fatalities. OSHA Outreach training, such as the 10 hour Construction Safety course, includes over 4 hrs of training that focuses on the fatal four in an effort to reduce these injuries on a construction site. A good new hire safety orientation is a great way to keep new hires out of the hospital because they are most at risk of a severe or fatal injury in the first six months of employment.
The OSHA Act was promulgated in 1970, to establish safety standards in the United States. The standard, 29 CFR 1926, or the Construction Standard, addresses the need for education and training of Construction workers in this field. The standard provides information regarding compliance issues in construction for fall protection, PPE, Fire Protection, Material Handling and Storage, Welding, Electrical, Stairways, and Ladders just to name a few topics.
OSHA provides free training resources on its website for employers. OSHA Outreach training is an excellent way to get your employees trained. OSHA Outreach training comes in the form of OSHA 10 hour training and OSHA 30 hour training for construction Safety. Both classes are delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers. The training provides to workers foundational knowledge in the “avoidance, abatement, and prevention” of health hazards in American workplaces.
The two training programs also teach workers about their rights, their employers’ responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace, and how to recognize hazards and stay safe on a jobsite. The training is voluntary; however, there are so many great benefits of OSHA Outreach Training, employers have recognized the need for this training as an employment requirement. OSHA Outreach Training is also required for construction workers in seven states and New York City.
Entry-level construction workers should complete a 10-hour OSHA training class (the 30 hour class is intended for site supervisors and employees with some level of safety responsibility). All employees should receive a new hire safety orientation before starting work. With a good new hire safety orientation workers are informed of the site specific dangers of working with for example scaffold, heavy equipment, ladders, confined space, lock out tag out, hazardous electrical sources, and even hazardous chemicals and materials in construction.
Accidents remain a threat to workers across many construction sites, but they can be prevented through training. Learn more about what you can do to protect your employees from the dangers of the job by visiting OSHA.gov and OSHAcampus.com.