According to the official OSHA fatality log of recent incidents, as of January 1, 2017 to present, there have been a total of 1623 construction-related deaths that are currently being inspected.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists the practices construction workers must follow to avoid tragic accidents on the work-site. The construction industry, unfortunately, has a high risk of injuries due to the extensive work being done. When handling large machinery, working several stories above the ground, etc., it is critical that every worker is well versed on all OSHA requirements. The official OSHA website offers plenty of training programs and resources to educate and
prepare construction employees for work. It is the responsibility of the company to ensure that each worker has taken all OSHA courses and completed training. It is of the utmost importance that the construction Superintendents are familiar with all OSHA codes and safety standards. Most Superintendents are responsible for hiring, overseeing entire projects, and ensuring safety on the job. Superintendents directly oversee the foreman, and the foreman oversees the general workers. Due to this line of management and the sea of workers being so vast, it is crucial that OSHA standards are explicitly taught and explained. To reduce the number of deaths each year, it is important that companies allot time for the works to be trained on OSHA standards before beginning any
projects. In each state, the regulations may vary. Click here to be guided to the official OSHA website to search for the standards in your state. The website offers free training guides and programs, as well. There is a certification for a 10-hour safety course and another for a 30-hour safety course. The former reviews general safety, while the 30-hour course allows ample time to get more in-depth with each requirement. There are also courses available online.
There should be no excuse as to why your employees have limited knowledge regarding OSHA codes. The availability of these resources is simple and free!