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Focus 4 Construction

Posted by Brian Kiley on Apr 30, 2015 1:29:22 PM

bigstock-Danger-Hard-Hat-Area-Warning-S-19640219SMOSHA has identified these top four areas as the most common hazards on construction sites:

  • Falls;
  • Struck-bys;
  • Caught in between; and
  • Electrocutions. 

Keeping safety top of mind, and knowing what to do, can help keep you and your employees safe. Here’s what you should know about the top four construction hazards:

 Preventing Falls:

  • Falls are the most common cause of fatal injuries to construction workers.
  • Identify major fall hazards before beginning work.
  • Wear and use fall protection gear.
  • Install and maintain perimeter protection.
  • Cover and secure floor openings.
  • Use ladders and scaffolds correctly and safely.


Prevent Struck By:

  • Do not position yourself between moving and fixed objects, including forklifts and other machinery.
  • Wear high-visibility clothing near vehicles and other moving equipment/vehicles.

Prevent Caught In-Between:

  • Do not enter an unprotected trench or excavation five feet or deeper without a protective system. 
  • Make sure the trench or excavation is protected by sloping, shoring, benching, or a trench shield system.
  • Before starting work, identify machinery or other areas where an employee could be caught in or between.

Preventing Electrocutions:

  • Identify utilities before digging.
  • Look for and identify overhead power lines before starting work.
  • Use GFCI outlets for protection.

 For more information on the Focus Four Hazards, and for training programs, visit: https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/construction/focus_four/index.html  

 This blog post was written by Carri Lamb, Loss Prevention Representative for West Bend.


Topics: Commercial business, OSHA

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