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Focus Four Training & Certification

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.

We offer three different types of safety training for focus four?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's an OSHA compliant focus four training PowerPoint presentation to train a group of people at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer we offer a train the trainer course.

Online Training

Aerial lift training online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign courses to their employees. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.


Train the Trainer

The focus four train the trainer course is meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost. Results in a lifetime certification. More Info


Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for focus four hands-on training at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Focus Four Training Course (Boom & Scissor Lift Training Course)?

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:

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D - Walking-Working Surfaces

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M – Fall Protection

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart K – Electrical

  • 29 CFR 1910.28 – Protection from Falling and Falling Object Hazards

  • 29 CFR 1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout

  • 29 CFR 1910.269 Electric Power Generation, Transmission, & Distribution

  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart O – Machinery and Machine Guarding

  • 29 CFR Subpart S – Electrical

  • 29 CFR Subpart P – Excavations

  • ANSI/ISEA 121-2018

  • ANSI/ISEA 121-2018

  • Encompasses these Canada Standards
  • There are no canadian standards for focus four at this time.

Focus Four Train the Trainer Certification

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.

Focus Four Competent Person Training

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.

Why do I need focus four training?

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.

  • Did You Know?

  • OSHA estimates that eliminating accidents caused by the focus four would save more than 500 employees each year. (OSHA)

  • One in five employees who died on the job in the United States in 2018 worked in the construction industry. (OSHA)

  • On average, 14 employees died on the job each day in the United States in 2018. (OSHA)

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Focus Four Safety Training

Why is knowing about the focus four hazards important?

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.

What is the number one cause of construction fatalities?

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.

What are the most common types of caught-in and caught-between hazards?

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.

What is not a fatal four event?

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.

What industry has the most deaths?

In the United States, the construction industry has the highest amount of fatal injuries each year. The transportation industry is a close second.

What is the difference between a struck by and caught-in/between accident?

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.

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