IN AN EARLIER BLOG ARTICLE, we referenced a series of workplace injury statistics released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on its website, www.osha.gov. For quick review, OSHA and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report that there were 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2015. Of those fatalities, 937, or 21.4 percent, were in construction alone.
The leading causes of private-sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.* OSHA and BLS refer to these categories as the “Fatal Four,” which were responsible for more than half (64.2 percent) of the construction worker deaths in 2015.
“Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 602 workers’ lives in America every year,” OSHA states on its website.
The team at Safety Solutions & Supply is doing its part to cut into the Fatal Four category — and to reduce construction-related worker injuries overall — by offering approximately 30 OSHA-certified construction safety training classes. Course titles include Aerial Work Platform/Bucket Truck Operations Training, Supervisor Training, General Safety Training, Fall Protection General Application Training, Scaffolding End User Training, and Trenching and Excavation Competent Person Training, just to name a few. (See our entire list of OSHA construction training classes — with links to details about each class — on this Web page.
We at Safety Solutions & Supply know that construction hazards change with every passing minute of work. The hazards of construction work are unique and create unique challenges to control. Effective construction safety training is an essential part of creating and maintaining a safe worksite.
The Safety Solutions & Supply safety training programs are all custom developed and updated routinely to ensure that the highest-quality message is conveyed to our students — construction workers employed by numerous local companies. Our instructors are all experienced in the subjects they teach, and all use the most modern information and training techniques available. Additionally, each of our instructors has completed the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP).
All students receive certification cards upon successful completion of their classes. Class attendance and completion records are logged into a free virtual registry, which is accessed through our website here. This secure portal allows employees and employers to keep up to date on training events and activities.
*OSHA reports the caught-in/between category “includes construction workers killed when caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material.”