National Safety Month: Hazard Recognition

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In Week 4 of National Safety Month, promoting hazard recognition and encouraging workers to identify potential hazards in their workplaces are prioritized.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there are an average of 12 work-related fatalities everyday in the U.S. OSHA’s “Fatal Four” refers to the four leading causes of fatalities in the workplace. These hazards are responsible for a significant number of workplace deaths every year.

OSHA’s Fatal Four

  • Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.
  • ‘Struck by Objects’ is another common hazard which includes falling or misplaced tools, equipment, or materials.
  • Electrocutions occur when workers are exposed to live electrical wiring, faulty equipment, or inadequate training for electrical work.
  • Caught-In/Between is the least fatal among the four where workers are caught between collapsing structures or materials.


2023 Theme Week 4: Hazard Recognition

  • Identifying hazards is the first step to preventing fatal injuries, incidents, and deaths in the workplace.
  • Training and education provide comprehensive safety training to workers, which can help them recognize potential hazards and educate them on the proper use of equipment and personal protective gear.
  • Regular equipment and workplace inspections are necessary to prevent potential accidents.

When proper safety training and awareness are conducted in the workplace, understanding and addressing the types of situations and conditions can proactively prevent incidents and injuries and create a safer work environment. Contact us today or visit our Occupational Health page here to get started on a plan that’s right for you.

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