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Focus Four Hazards Campaign - MOSH Training and Education

Every accident is preventable. It starts with you.

Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and our construction industry partners, such as the Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Council, have initiated a“Focus Four Hazards” campaign throughout OSHA’s Region III’s jurisdiction. We are reaching out to entities to assist us in promoting this campaign and to encourage your leadership to participate in this four month cooperative initiative being launched in February 2017. The goal of this campaign is to raise awar­eness in the recognition, evaluation, and control of these hazards. As noted below, the Focus Four Hazards account for the vast majority of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry.

By the numbers - Out of 4,836* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2015, 937 or 19% 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 (64.2%) of the construction worker deaths in 2015*, according to BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 602 workers' lives in America every year.

Did you know:

“Electrocutions from equipment installation or tool use jumped to the second leading fatal cause for the 3rd quarter in 2016. This is an increase of 400% over the previous quarter and more than double the total events for the year to date.”

*Source: Construction Industry Digest Research and Policy Center Quarterly report July—September 2016 VOL. 5 NO. 3