The Focus Four Hazards have accounted for the vast majority of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. In an effort to prevent future injuries and fatalities, OSHA, state plans, consultation projects, and construction industry partners have initiated a “Focus Four Hazards” campaign from March through June in Region Three’s jurisdiction. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness in the recognition, evaluation, and control of these hazards through the delivery of toolbox talks for employers to provide to their workers. These toolbox talks will be available during the campaign for employers to use at their own discretion.
Out of 5,190* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2016, 991 or 19 percent were in construction―that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction.
The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck-by, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" hazards were responsible for well over half (64 percent) of the construction worker deaths in 2016*, according to BLS reports.
*This category includes construction workers killed when caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or materials
2018 Campaign Resources and ToolBox Talks
Thank you for your interest in CPWR’s Safe + Sound Webinar, “Tools for a Successful Workplace Safety and Health Program.” For those of you who registered but were unable to attend, a recording of the event can now be viewed on demand, and a PDF of the slides is
available for download.
The following is a list of the resources and links that were discussed during the event:
CPWR holds at least one construction safety and health webinar every month. Our next webinar, “The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction: Getting Ready for the 2018 Safety Stand-Down,” will be presented in collaboration with OSHA and NIOSH
on Wednesday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.