Whether you want focus four certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the focus four training you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford.
Our Focus Four training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on falls, electrocution, struck by, and caught-in/between.
During this training, we will be taking a look at the leading causes of construction employee deaths in the United States. The first topic we will cover is falls. Falls may happen on the ground from slipping or tripping on a working surface. The majority of falls that cause death, however, happen at heights. The second topic we will look at is electrocution. This will include general information on what electrocution hazards are and how they occur, possible sources of electrocution on the worksite, and protective measures that will protect employees from being electrocuted. The third topic we will go over is struck by. Employees are exposed to falling objects, loads, and heavy machinery on most worksites, so there needs to be protective measures in place. The final topic we will cover is caught-in/between accidents. This includes protecting employees from being squashed, crushed, or stuck in machinery, equipment, or structures.
This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:
The focus four train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the focus four training online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the focus four training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime focus four trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.
OSHA defines a “competent person” as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in [their] surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” A competent person has the authorization to take “prompt corrective measures” to minimize or eliminate hazards. They have enough training and/or experience to be “capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation and has the authority to correct them.” Some standards do have additional, specific requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be considered a competent person. Our Focus Four Competent Person Training option fulfills OSHA's training requirements.
In line with regulations, anyone who is exposed to the focus four on the worksite must receive training prior to beginning work. Requirements for refresher training related to the focus four are very specific. Most other hazards don’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.
When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of construction work. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.
While OSHA calls them the “focus four,” others call them the “fatal four.” That is because these hazards are the top four killers in the construction industry. The focus four training not only explains what the focus four hazards are but it also teaches you how to avoid them. Believe it or not, many of these hazards are completely avoidable as long as you follow safe work principles.
Falls is the top cause of construction worker fatalities. Falls includes employees falling from heights or falling at the ground level; however, falls from heights are more likely to cause death.
These types of hazards often happen due to improper lockout/tagout procedures on machinery and equipment, inadequate machine guarding, and incorrect excavation practices. Employees who don’t respect danger zones around heavy machinery or position themselves between fixed objects and machinery also put themselves at risk for caught-in or caught-between accidents.
Any accidents unrelated to falls, electrocution, struck by, or caught-in/between are not “fatal four” or focus four events. You will be hard-pressed to find accidents where one or more of these hazards are not involved. Virtually every worksite will have focus four hazards, and most accidents in the construction industry are caused by or related to these hazards.
In the United States, the construction industry has the highest amount of fatal injuries each year. The transportation industry is a close second.
Struck-by accidents and caught-in/between accidents look similar sometimes. The key to distinguishing them is knowing when the injury happened. If the impact of the object caused the injury, then it’s a struck-by accident. If the employee is injured because they were crushed between two objects, then it’s a caught-in or caught-between accident.