To ensure a safe environment for construction workers, it is vital that workers receive comprehensive safety training. The extent of training that each worker is given before working in the field has a direct impact on the work setting in general.
Construction workers must be properly educated in OSHA regulations, and they must demonstrate the willingness and ability to meet such regulations without fail. In order to consistently maintain a work environment that is safe, construction workers need to be trained in a broad assortment of relevant topics.
This type of training prepares each worker to handle various safety issues correctly and with confidence.
Topics That Are Covered in General Safety Training
General safety training for construction workers covers a comprehensive range of topics. Workers will be educated in the best practices that pertain to issues such as general health and safety, proper communication regarding workplace hazards, and electrical safety.
They will also be educated about power and hand tools, excavations, scaffolding, ladders, and stairways. Safety training also includes pertinent information about personal protective equipment and fall protection.
OSHA’s Outreach Training Courses
OSHA provides two courses for construction workers. The basic course is 10 hours long, and it is intended for field workers at the entry level. This course includes basic information to promote safety awareness among entry-level construction workers. The information in the basic course is intended to assist workers in identifying and preventing potential workplace hazards.
Additionally, the introductory course covers topics such as how to properly file a complaint, as well as information on the responsibilities of employers and the rights of workers.
The more comprehensive OSHA course is 30 hours long, and it was created to train workers who will be responsible for safety at any level. This course covers additional safety topics and is more intensive than the basic course. OSHA does not require workers to enroll in the Outreach training courses, but unions and employers often do.
Why Hazard Training Is Critical
Hazard prevention is essential to construction workers. Every day, such workers are exposed to an array of potential hazards, including electrical dangers such as arc blast, arc flash, and electric shock.
Other perils of the job include falling from dangerous heights, being injured from collapsing scaffolds and trenches, sustaining repetitive motion injuries, and being injured as a result of not wearing protective gear.
When workers do not ensure that the equipment at a work site is stable and sturdy, accidents are likely to happen. Therefore, safety training teaches workers how to assess the physical circumstances of each site on a continual basis.
They are taught to ensure that they have enough support and footing to avoid falling. Workers also learn about safety practices concerning scaffolding.
Regulations dictate that scaffolds must be equipped with proper safety components, and parts that are worn cannot be used – they need to be replaced or repaired before such equipment may be utilized. In addition, scaffolds may only be moved when someone qualified to supervise is available.
Why Fall Training Is Essential
All aspects of safety training are crucial to every person who enters a construction site. However, falls are of particular concern to those in the industry. Unfortunately, more deaths occur in the industry due to falls than any other hazard. Construction workers must be trained to utilize elevated platforms and aerial lifts correctly.
When they are taught how to identify elevated surfaces that are safe, they may prevent themselves and others from falling or being otherwise injured.
They also learn about the proper use of protective equipment and safety gear, such as body harnesses, which may significantly decrease the number of injuries and deaths from falls. Workers must be educated in safety practices that apply to working on stairways and ladders, as well.
They are taught how to choose the most suitable ladder for each job, and they explore the perils associated with not working safely on stairways and ladders.
Doing construction work can be dangerous, especially if the workers on a site are not properly trained in safety. Most accidents in the workplace might be prevented if workers are trained to identify and avoid them. When construction workers are provided with the training required to implement proper safety practices, every work site can be a safer environment for everyone involved.
This information has been made possible by the Occupational Safety Councils of America, a group that specializes in providing employee drug testing, workforce data management, and safety training for the workplace. OSCA has been helping companies stay compliant with OSHA regulations for over 30 years.