From March to June 2023, GBCA is supporting OSHA’s Construction Focus Four Hazards Training campaign. This campaign provides training resources to help stop the top causes of fatalities on construction job sites.
Construction’s “Fatal Four”
The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck-by object and electrocution, and caught-in/between,. These “Fatal Four” hazards were responsible for 19% of the construction worker deaths in 2021, according to BLS reports.
- Falls — 390 out of 986 total deaths in construction in CY 2021 (40%)
- Struck by Object – 75 (8%)
- Electrocutions – 74 (8%)
- Caught-in/between* – 29 (3%)
*This 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.
Moral of the Story: Eliminating these Four Hazards would save 568 workers’ lives each year.
GBCA will be featuring toolbox talks and short videos in support of OSHA’s Construction Focus Four Training each week in our newsletter and social media platforms.
- March: Electrocutions
- April: Struck-By Object Hazards
- May: Falls
- June: Caught-In/-Between Hazards
National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
OSHA announced that the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 1-5, 2023. During that week, OSHA encourages construction employers and other stakeholders to hold stand-down events that promote awareness and training to address one of the industry’s most serious dangers.
During the month of May, GBCA will feature weekly toolbox talks and video on social media about falls hazards, and OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down webpage offers a wide range of compliance resources. We also encourage GBCA members to participate in the Fall Protection Equipment Inspection campaign, and help save lives by conducting on-site inspections of fall protection equipment and removals.
Use #StandDown4Safety to promote your event on social media. Employers will also be able to download a Certificate of Participation following their Stand-Down.