The alarmingly high number of fatalities and violations underscores the need for employers in the construction industry to renew their commitment to eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of accidents, injuries and fatalities.
(PRWEB) March 20, 2014
The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, responding to the alarming statistics related to accidents and citations at construction worksites, has issued a safety challenge to all construction industry employers to focus on raising employees’ awareness of potential hazards at their worksites. 775 construction worker fatalities were reported in 2012, accounting for almost 20% of total workplace deaths. In addition, three of OSHA’s 2013 Top Ten list of the most frequently cited standards were in the construction industry, including fall protection (8,241), scaffolding (5,423) and ladders (3,311), for a total of 16,975 construction violations.
"Construction workers engage in many activities that can expose them to serious hazards, such as falling, being struck by objects and electrocution, making construction worksites among the most potentially hazardous," says Julia Dozier, Director of the OSHA Training Center. "The alarmingly high number of fatalities and violations underscores the need for employers in the construction industry to renew their commitment to eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of accidents, injuries and fatalities. Providing hazard awareness training to employees has been shown to be an effective strategy in preventing or significantly reducing worksite accidents."
In order to help employers meet the challenge of raising hazard awareness among their employees, the OSHA Training Center is offering OSHA 510 - OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry at numerous locations throughout the western region, including: Fullerton, Carson and Bakersfield in Southern California; Las Vegas (Henderson), Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; the Pacific Education Center in Oahu, Hawaii; and Dublin and Sacramento in Northern California. Course topics include Federal OSHA Standards that protect workers from common physical safety hazards as well as electrical, structural, mechanical and occupational health related hazards.
The OSHA Training Center also offers many other courses designed to address construction industry hazards, including OSHA 500-Trainer Course for Construction, OSHA 5109-Cal/OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry, OSHA 7400-Noise in the Construction Industry, OSHA 3015-Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics, and OTC 301-Scaffolding Safety Standards.
Employers in the construction industry are invited to meet the challenge of raising hazard awareness by providing training to help protect workers and reduce the potential risk of accidents at construction sites.
About the OSHA Training Center
The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry at its Center in Dublin, California, as well as locations throughout California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Guam. Programs offered include OSHA safety standards, Outreach Trainer courses, Cal/OSHA standards curriculum, environmental courses and customized onsite safety training. For more information, including a complete course schedule, visit http://www.osha4you.com or call (866) 936-OSHA (6742).