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What are the 'Focus Four' in construction?

In recent years, demand for construction employees has gone up quite a bit. Given this, the field has seen its share of new workers lately. Among the things that can be quite impactful for a new construction worker is what sort of safety training they receive.

When a construction worker is undergoing safety training, whether as a new hire or as part of ongoing training, one term they might hear thrown around is “Focus Four.”

What is this term referring to? The “Construction Focus Four” are four safety hazards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified as being particularly significant ones in the field of construction. These four hazards accounted for nearly two-thirds of construction work fatalities in the U.S. in 2015. The “Focus Four” are: electrocution, falls, caught–in/between hazards and struck-by hazards.

Given the harms these hazards can cause at construction sites, it can be incredibly important for construction companies to provide their employees with proper safety training regarding these hazards and to take appropriate prevention steps at their work sites.

Accidents resulting from one of the “Focus Four” can leave a construction worker with brain injuries, spinal injuries, amputation injuries or other significant injuries. When dealing with the aftermath of such an injury, among the significant legal issues that can come before a construction worker are issues related to personal injury claims. Understanding whether they would have grounds for such a claim can be critical for such a worker in the wake of such an injury. Injured construction workers can bring questions they have related to personal injury issues to experienced construction accident attorneys.

Source: Safety+Health, “As construction work increases, so do dangers,” Tom Musick, March 26, 2017

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