Construction Safety Training

Construction is one of the nation’s largest industries. There are more than 702,000 construction companies in the United States. Employees in construction are more prone to injuries than other types of workers. In a recent year, cases of job-related injury and illness in construction were 7.1 per 100 full-time employees, significantly higher than the 5.3 rate for all private businesses.

OSHA’s Safety Training and Education Rule

OSHA’s safety training and education rule at 29 CFR 1926.21 applies to most construction activities. It states that the employer must instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.

In addition to general safety training, the rule requires training and education for the following hazards:

  • Handling of poisons, caustics, and other harmful substances
  • Job site areas where harmful plants or animals are present
  • Handling or use of flammable liquids, gases, or toxic materials
  • Entry into confined or enclosed spaces

OSHA Violations

An example of a serious violation of this rule is failing to instruct employees in the recognition and avoidance of recognized hazards. Informal comments to an employee about a safety hazard do not constitute the kind of training required under the OSHA regulations. US courts have ruled that an employer cannot count on employees’ common sense and experience to preclude the need for training.

Tips to Avoid OSHA Construction Training Violations

Following are key tips to avoid violations of OSHA’s construction training requirements:

  • Make sure employees are trained about workplace hazards and precautions in formal training sessions where content, attendance, and evaluation of employee understanding are documented in writing.
  • When dealing with recognized workplace hazards for which there is available PPE designed to protect employees, show employees how to properly put on, fit, and remove PPE according to instructions and evaluate their proficiency in doing so.

TrainingToday Offers Construction Safety Training

TrainingToday offers several courses for employees who perform construction work, including:

  • Aerial Lifts
  • Fall Protection in Construction
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids (sections concerning safe handling and use)
  • Hazard Communication
  • Permit-Required Confined Spaces (sections related to the nature of toxic and flammable contaminant hazards or oxygen-deficient atmospheres)
  • Scaffolds in Construction
  • Trenching – Competent Person

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