OSHA’s “Fatal Four” In Construction: Leading Causes of Fatalities in Construction

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In this article, we’ll be talking about workplace fatalities. Workplace fatalities in the construction industry, to be more specific. And to be even more specific, about the four hazards that OSHA calls “The Fatal Four” in construction because of how many construction workplace fatalities involve these hazards.

Before we do, it’s worth getting some perspective. According to OSHA, just a little over 21% of worker fatalities in private industry in a recent year (2018) occurred in the construction industry. So we’re talking about an industry with a significant amount of fatalities.

In this article, we’ll let you know what the Fatal Course hazards are, link you to relevant resources and OSHA standards, and provide some safety training tips for each as well.

And since the larger focus of this article is about workplace fatalities and preventing them, you might also find our Preventing Workplace Fatalities and Using Risk-Based Approaches to Reduce Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs) articles of interest.

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Thoughts on Safety Metrics & Safety Measurement (With Carsten Busch)

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Safety metrics and measurement is a big issue and it’s not as simple as it may seem at first.

We caught up with our friend Carsten Busch to discuss safety measurement and safety metrics in some detail. Hope you enjoy this discussion. You may remember Carsten from our previous discussion on Safety Myths or from his own MindtheRisk website or social media postings. Additionally, you may find our earlier discussion with Pam Walaski, Safety Metrics Reconsidered, worth a listen on this issue.

Be sure to check out Carsten’s books:

 

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OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Upcoming Regulatory Agenda (Unified Agenda)

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Ever wonder if OSHA’s planning to release new or updated standards or even where to find out that kind of information.

Well, there is an easy way to know. OSHA publishes what they call their “unified agenda” online at the OSHA website.

We’ll tell you more in the article below, plus we’ve included a free guide to OSHA General Industry Compliance at the bottom of this article for you to download.

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OSHA Updates Guidance on Recordkeeping for COVID-19 Infections (Goes Into Effect May 26, 2020)

Please note: OSHA published a guidance regarding recordkeeping for COVID-19 infections on April 10, 2020, and then released a new, revised guidance after that. The earlier guidance is still in effect, and it will be in effect until May 26, 2020. We’ve already written an article about the earlier guidance, and we’ll update that article on May 26 to match the terms of the new guidance. This article is a brief explanation of the new guidance that goes into effect May 26.

OSHA’s published a revised guidance regarding COVID-19 infections and recordkeeping that goes into effect May 26, 2020. You can read that new guidance at the OSHA website.

We’ve going to wait until the new guidance goes into effect before we update our earlier article, getting into all the details, but feel free to read OSHA’s new guidance on your own, paying special attention the following two changes:

1. The second, revised guidance no longer has different rules for correctional facilities, the healthcare industry, and emergency response organizations. Employers in all industries will be treated the same.

2. The second, revised guidance has additional explanations of determining if an infection should be considered “work-related” during the time of widespread community transmission.

For additional information about OSHA and COVID-19, you might also want to check out:

Beyond that, you might want to read our short article on 4 OSHA Training Requirements for COVID-19 and/or our much longer article about OSHA Safety Training Compliance & COVID-19.

Don’t forget to download the free guide below, too. Remember, though–it doesn’t include the COVID-19 specific information discussed in this article, although it will help you as you go through this process.

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OSHA’s Guidance on Recording Cases of COVID-19

Please note: the article below is based on an OSHA guidance published on April 10, 2020. Since this article was written, OSHA has published a new, revised guidance covering recording COVID-19 cases. The older guidance is still currently in effect, but the second, but on May 26, 2020, the earlier guidance will be rescinded and the new guidance will be in effect. You can read the new, revised guidance here, and we’ll update the article below on May 26, 2020. The two primary differences are that in the new guidance, all industries are treated the same (so there are no different, more stringent sets of rules for healthcare, emergency response, and correctional facilities) and the rules for determining if an infection was likely to be work-related or not are more articulated. 

OSHA’s published a guidance on recording cases of COVID-19 infections for employers. You can read the entire guidance, and we recommend that you do that, but we’ve also summarized it for you below.

In addition, you might also want to check out the following from OSHA on COVID-19:

Beyond that, you might want to read our short article on 4 OSHA Training Requirements for COVID-19 and/or our much longer article about OSHA Safety Training Compliance & COVID-19.

But now let’s get into the details of OSHA’s guidance on recording COVID-19 infections. And if you scroll down to the very bottom, you’ll see we’ve included a free guide to OSHA Recordkeeping & Reporting you can download as well (the guide does not have this information specific to COVID-19, however).
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OSHA Offers Helpful Resource for Wearing Respirators Safely at Work

OSHA’s been creating a lot of helpful materials related to workplace safety and COVID-19, and they recently created some materials to help workers wear respirators correctly to preserve their safety.

One of those new OSHA resources is this OSHA Poster titled Seven Steps to Correctly Wear a Respirator at Work. Another is this OSHA Video titled Putting On and Taking Off a Mask.

Additionally, there are a lot of guidances at the OSHA COVID-19 Safety and Health Topic webpage regarding respirators at work that you should check out (in particular, check out the Enforcement Memoranda).

On top of all that, you might also want to check out the following, more general materials from OSHA on COVID-19:

And before you leave, you might want to read our short article on 4 OSHA Training Requirements for COVID-19 and/or our much longer article about OSHA Safety Training Compliance & COVID-19.

Stay safe, friends!

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OSHA’s Guidance for the Package-Delivery Workforce & COVID-19

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If you’re a safety professional or worker in the package-delivery industry, and you haven’t yet seen this, OSHA published a guidance for COVID-19 and the package delivery workforce. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

In addition, you might also want to check out the following from OSHA on COVID-19:

Beyond that, you might want to read our short article on 4 OSHA Training Requirements for COVID-19 and/or our much longer article about OSHA Safety Training Compliance & COVID-19.

Please use the comments to share any experiences, insights, suggestions, or cautions you may have. And stay safe and healthy!

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OSHA’s Guidance for the Construction Industry Workforce & COVID-19

If you’re a safety professional in the construction industry, and you haven’t yet seen this, OSHA published a guidance for COVID-19 and the construction industry workforce. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

In addition, you might also want to check out the following from OSHA on COVID-19:

In addition, you might want to read our short article on 4 OSHA Training Requirements for COVID-19 and/or our much longer article about OSHA Safety Training Compliance & COVID-19.

Please use the comments to share any experiences, insights, suggestions, or cautions you may have. And stay safe and healthy!

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OSHA’s Guidance for COVID-19 and the Manufacturing Industry Workforce

If you’re a safety professional in the manufacturing industry, and you haven’t yet seen this, OSHA published a guidance for COVID-19 and the manufacturing industry workforce. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

In addition, you might also want to check out the following from OSHA on COVID-19:

In addition, you might want to read our short article on 4 OSHA Training Requirements for COVID-19 and/or our much longer article about OSHA Safety Training Compliance & COVID-19.

Please use the comments to share any experiences, insights, suggestions, or cautions you may have. And stay safe and healthy!

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4 OSHA Training Requirements for COVID-19

We’ll start this article with two quick reminders: (1) in the middle of the current COVID-19 pandemic, things are changing quickly and (2) we wrote this article on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. So be sure to check OSHA’s website dedicated to COVID-19 frequently for updates.

On April 13, 2020, OSHA released a guidance called Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We recommend you read the whole thing and make yourself familiar with the OSHA COVID-19 Safety and Health Topic page in general.

In this article, we’ll list out the four requirements for safety training related to COVID-19 mentioned in the guidance. As always, since this is a novel virus, we’re still learning about it, and things are changing quickly, keep checking in with OSHA and other credible, reliable sources to stay up-to-date on these issues.

In addition to this article, you might also want to check out our much longer, more comprehensive article looking at a range of issues related to OSHA compliance, safety training, and COVID-19 or the recent discussion on similar issues we had on the ASSP podcast channel.

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Preventive Maintenance to Improve Safety, Quality & Efficiency

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Maintenance programs in general, and preventive maintenance programs in particular, have obvious benefits in terms of keeping equipment running properly and preventing downtime. This brings an equally obvious benefit to operational efficiency and it decreases costs and waste as well.

But these aren’t the only benefits that come with a well-designed preventive maintenance program. If you’re practicing preventive maintenance at your facility instead of simply relying on reactive maintenance, you’ll see safety and quality improvements as well.

We’ll explain the benefits to efficiency, safety, and quality you’ll gain from practicing preventive maintenance further in this brief article.

Let us know if you need any help with the maintenance training at your facility as you try to improve your maintenance program and perhaps begin practice preventive maintenance yourself.

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Catch Us on ASSP Podcast Channel Talking Safety Training, OSHA Compliance & COVID-19

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Our friends at the ASSP and ASSP Podcast Channel asked us over to discuss some things related to safety training, OSHA compliance, and the current COVID-19 epidemic.

You can listen to the podcast episode here.

The discussion is based in part on our recent OSHA, Safety Training & COVID-19 article.

The very day of the discussion, OSHA released a new guidance that dealt with safety training and OSHA enforcement discretion. We didn’t know about the new OSHA guidance when we were recording the podcast episode, but we passed along relevant links to the ASSP afterwards and they’ve posted them at their site. Plus, we’ve included that new information in our article on OSHA & Safety Training linked above.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions, and be safe, friends!

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