Not An Easy Topic: the Construction Industry’s Fatal Four

According to statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 806 construction workers were killed on the job in 2012. That is 806 workers too many. The organization also classified the “Fatal Four” causes of construction worker deaths while on the job. According to OSHA, the “Fatal Four” causes of construction deaths are falls, struck by objects, electrocutions, and caught in/between. Writing and reading about this topic is obviously difficult but there may be no more important topic to discuss.

osha-hazcom-1110x400In the same report, OSHA also predicted that with better training and prevention methods, 437 workers’ lives could be saved, annually. That’s a goal we can all strive for. We here at North America Heavy Equipment Training Services (NAHETS) dedicate our days (and many nights) to providing the highest quality training possible, and our training encompasses comprehensive safety procedures.

As we have written before, we all owe it to our employees and their families to provide the best training possible, especially when it comes to safety measures. NAHETS training programs are affordable and will ensure that your team is operating in the safest ways possible and at the highest production levels possible.

“We believe that our most important priority is to ensure that a company’s employees are safe and have a deep understanding of proper safety procedures,” says Jarad Van Wagoner, NAHETS Director of Development. “Not only is providing training the right thing to do for your employees, there are major financial reasons why a company should invest in ongoing training and certification processes. Nothing stresses a company more than workplace injuries, and in the worst-case scenario, a workplace fatality. An accident disrupts job flow, creates tension among employees and management, increases insurance premiums and harms a company’s bottom line. A safe company is a more competitive company.  At the end of the day, human lives are on the line and that is what is most important, but executives must look out for the well-being of a company. ”

Please call or email us now to enroll your company in our official training programs and certification processes. Discussing workplace accidents and fatalities is clearly difficult; but not as difficult as trying to explain those incidents to their family members or friends or the project setbacks to clients or investors. NAHETS stands ready to train operators in classrooms or on the jobsite but we can all play a part in preventing additional casualties. This blog is dedicated to all construction workers who have been injured or killed on the job.


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