What’s in the Focus Four Certification 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.
Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 3 – 4 hours.
OSHA Standards: This course meets the following OSHA standards:
- 1926.501 – Duty to have fall protection.
- 1926.502 – Fall protection systems criteria and practices
- 1926.503 – Training Requirements
- 1910.29 – Fall protection systems and falling object protection-criteria and practices
- 1910.28 – Safety requirements for scaffolding
- 1910 App C- Personal Fall Arrest System
- 1910.67 – Vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating work platform
- 1910.140 – Personal fall protection systems
- Subpart E – Scaffolds, Ladders, and Other Working Surfaces
- Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment
- 1915.159 Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS)
- 1915.160 Positioning device systems
- 1917.112 – Guarding of edges
- 1917.117 – Manlifts
- 1917.118 – Fixed ladders
- 1918.22 – Gangways
- 1918.32 – Stowed cargo and temporary landing surfaces
- 1918.35 – Open hatches
- 1918.36 – Weather deck rails
- 1926.400 – Introduction.
- 1926.402 – Applicability. .
- 1926.403 – General requirements. .
- 1926.404 – Wiring design and protection. .
- 1926.405 – Wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use.
- 1926.406 – Specific purpose equipment and installations.
- 1926.407 – Hazardous (classified) locations.
- 1926.408 – Special systems.
- 1926.416 – General requirements.
- 1926.417 – Lockout and tagging of circuits.
- 1926.431 – Maintenance of equipment.
- 1926.432 – Environmental deterioration of equipment.
- 29 CFR 1910.28 – Protection from falling and falling objects hazards
- 29 CFR 1910.132 – Personal protective equipment
- 29 CFR 1926.50 – Medical services and first aid
- 29 CFR 1926.759 – Steel erection falling object protection
- 29 CFR 1926.451 – Scaffolding falling object protection
- 29 CFR 1926.200 – Accident prevention signs
- 29 CFR 1926.1425 – Keeping clear of the load
- ANSI/ISEA 121-2018
- 29 CFR 1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout
- 29 CFR 1910.269 – Electric Power Generation, Transmission, & Distribution
- 29 CFR 1910.243 – Guarding of Portable Powered Tools
- 29 CFR 1910.333 – Electrical Work Practices
- 29 CFR 1926.300 – Hand and Power Tools General Requirements
- 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P – Excavations
Why Take Our Online Focus Four Training and Certification?
Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.
The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.
We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.
Why Buy Our Online Focus Four Training?
- Complete Training: First and foremost our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Don't risk getting expensive OSHA fines because you settled for a sub-par training program that didn't cover safety topics in depth. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
- Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on-site can be expensive. In contrast, our online curriculum lowers costs while still providing a professional training experience.
- Records Tracking System: We offer an easy-to-use management system so that if you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, all-terrain certificates, observation guides and more! (contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
- Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
- Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
- Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.
Why Do I Need Focus Four Safety Training?
In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training and other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific OSHA training requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.
When it comes to refresher health and safety 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 equipment. 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 prove continued competency.
What are the Focus Four Hazards?
Each year, there are four hazards responsible for causing the most deaths and injuries in the construction industry. OSHA calls them the focus four. You may have heard them called the fatal four, as well. Can you guess what they are?
More than 30% of construction industry deaths were caused by falls in 2018. It shouldn’t be surprising that falls are at the top of the focus four; falls can happen on any worksite. In fact, anytime an employee slips or trips on the ground or falls from a height, it is considered a fall. Unfortunately, these accidents are so common in the construction industry that you can read about one happening almost every day. More recently, a roofing employee died from a fall on the construction site of a high school in Oregon. (KTVZ)
2. Struck By
Struck-by accidents accounted for more than 10% of construction industry deaths in 2018. As the second of the focus four hazards, struck by incidents are all too common because they can happen so many different ways. They are caused by flying objects, falling objects, swinging objects, and rolling objects. In the news this past week, a construction worker was struck and killed by a car traveling in a closed lane on the highway. (WFMZ)
Electrocutions accounted for more than 8% of construction worker deaths in 2018. Electrocution hazards are most often present on jobs where employees have to work near overhead powerlines or underground utilities. Several months ago, a construction worker in a bucket truck was electrocuted when the machine contacted high voltage powerlines. (NBC New York)
4. Caught-In, -Between
In 2018, more than 5% of the construction workers who died on the job died as a result of being caught-in or between objects. Virtually every worksite has caught-in or -between hazards. These can arise from a variety of situations but generally, you will see these hazards come as a result of being caught in or between machinery, tools, vehicles, work materials, or in trenches. In the news a few months ago, a construction worker died after getting caught in a trench collapse. (ABC7 New York)
It’s essential that construction employees learn to recognize the focus four so they can take steps to avoid them. We are excited to announce the arrival of our new Focus Four Hazards Training!
Frequently Asked Questions
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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