OSHA Launches Campaign on Construction Hazards

Philadelphia — To help raise awareness of the four leading safety hazards in the construction industry, OSHA is launching its Focus Four Hazards campaign for Region 3 – Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington.

The training consists of lesson plans on each of the Focus Four Hazards:

  • Falls;
  • Struck-by;
  • Electrocution; and
  • Caught-in/caught-by.

The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness in the recognition, evaluation, and control of these hazards through the delivery of toolbox talks for employers to provide to their workers. The campaign runs through June. The representatives will review hazard recognition, evaluation, and control.

Also known as the “Fatal Four,” the hazards accounted for 63.7 percent of all construction-related deaths in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Falls topped the list at 38.7 percent, followed by struck-by (9.4 percent), electrocution (8.3 percent) and caught-in or between (7.3 percent). In fiscal year 2017, violations related to the “Focus Four Hazards” occupied seven spots on OSHA’s “Top 10” list of most-cited violations.