Construction safety is one of the top concerns for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In 2019, the last year for which data is publicly available, approximately 20% of worker fatalities were in the construction industry. With the arrival of warmer weather and the start of more outdoor construction projects, it’s a good time for employers to look at OSHA’s Construction Focus Four Training and take a more proactive approach to construction safety overall.
Construction Four Focus Training provides employers with lesson plans in four major areas:
- Fall Hazards
- Caught-In or Caught-Between Hazards
- Struck-By Hazards
- Electrocution Hazards
OSHA recommends reading the Introduction to the Construction Focus Four Outreach Training Packet first. For each of the four focus areas, there’s also downloadable instructor guide and PowerPoint presentation. There are also student activities for small groups, and handouts that include checklists. Although testing is not required, instructors can use the tests that OSHA provides to measure each student’s knowledge of learning objectives.
“Taking a proactive approach to safety is a smart investment in risk management and cost avoidance.” – Jim Testo, EHS Risk Management
By managing safety-related risks, construction companies can build business value. They experience fewer workplace incidents and avoid the costs associated with fatalities, injuries, accidents, and lost workdays. OSHA Construction Focus Four Training Program is an important tool, but smart business leaders need to go beyond checklists and take a proactive approach to safety. EHS Risk Management can help you do this so that your business can reduce risks and costs for greater profitability.
To learn more, visit our Construction Services page or read our Managing Risk in the Construction Industry article.