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July 10, 2015 at 5:34 am

Safety Begins from Learning: Why Training is Important

According to an article by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 4,600 worker deaths occurred in 2013. This is a considerably lower rate than before OSHA was established. Back then, 14,000 workers have died while on the job.

Nevertheless, this highlights the importance of implementing safety training and making sure each worker undergoes such programs. It doesn’t matter whether you provide OSHA safety training videos or conduct the training yourself; the important thing is that your workers have access to these safety measures.

Safety Begins from LearningWhat Should Your Safety Programs Include?

For a safety training program to be highly effective, it should be industry-specific and not just cover generic topics. For instance, if your organization is a construction firm, it should educate your employees on the following:

  • Safety in residential construction
  • Safety in bridge erection
  • Safety in paving, demolitions, and excavations
  • Safety in other high risk jobs, such as large-scale paint work
  • Proper use of machineries and equipment
  • Prevention and avoidance of accidents such as falls and electrocutions
  • Proper handling of materials containing health hazards such as asbestos, lead, radon, and silica dust
What Should You Feature in Job-Specific Construction Safety Programs?

Construction firms must comply with the general laws and regulations implemented by OSHA. As construction workers are involved in different activities, they should also undergo training for the specific job they are assigned to.

Some examples of job-specific, OSHA construction safety training include:

  • Working in confined spaces or environments
  • Working on demolition sites
  • Prevention of back overs
  • Operation of cranes and derricks

The great thing about safety training is you can use different materials. Rather than just provide plain text or audio files, you can use more visuals to keep your workers informed. This gives way to a faster, more effective learning process.