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.
Hannah Solomon | November 7th, 2018
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 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 foreman and the foreman oversee the general
workers. Due to this line of management and sea of workers being so vast, it is crucial that OSHA standards are explicitly taught and explained.
To reduce the amount of deaths each year, it is important that companies allot time for the works to be trained on OSHA standards before beginning any
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 10-hour safety course and one for a 30-hour safety course. The former is just general safety,
while the 30-hour course allows more ample time to get more in depth with each requirement. There are also courses available online.