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OSHA Training Matters – Avoiding the Fatal Four

How often do you hear this phrase at work, “it’s time for OSHA training,” and silently groan.     Yet another mandatory hour or two of training instead of working on the project you were hired to complete?

If that’s how you think of Occupational and Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) regulations and training, you might want to spend a few minutes on the  website

In the middle of page one is a continuous scroll of worker’s names.  A list of people who have recently died in workplace accidents in just the past few months, along with a summary of what happened.

  • 1/4/2016 TX – Jullian Gallardo killed in chemical fire accident.
  • 12/21/2015 FL – Chelseh Marie Atkinson, killed when a tractor fell down an embankment and flipped over.
  • 12/20/2015 IL — John Jaloway struck and killed by falling concrete wall.
  • 1/7/2016 MA — Norvant Bryant killed in fall from scaffold.
  • 12/5/2015 NC — Mason Cox killed after becoming caught in a wood chipper.
  • 12/10/2015 NM – Christopher Kennedy killed in fall from ladder

…. And the list goes on. These are tragic incidents that could have been prevented.

“No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people,” -Secretary of Labor Thomas E Perez. Mr. WordPress

According to statistics on the website, out of 4,251 worker fatalities in private industry in 2014, 20.5% were in the construction industry.  So maybe that OSHA training requirement is a good idea after all, especially if you work in construction.

Most of those fatalities in construction were caused by 1) falls, 2) electrocution, 3) being struck by objects or 4) “caught-in-between.”   This list of fatality causes are commonly called the “The Fatal Four.”    By eliminating deaths from The Fatal Four in the construction industry, OSHA sources estimate that over 500 lives could be saved every year.

What does OSHA require in terms of First Aid and CPR skills on the job?

OSHA guidelines for First Aid (OSHA First Aid standard 29 CFR 1910.151) require “trained first-aid providers are available at all workplaces of any size if there is no infirmary, clinic or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees.”

Several OSHA standards also require training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) because sudden cardiac arrest for “asphyxiation, electrocution or exertion may occur.  CPR may keep the victim alive until EMS arrives to provide the next level of medical care.”

You can find out more about 29 CFR 1910.151 in the OSHA Best Practices Guide:  Fundamentals of a Workplace First Aid Program.

You can also find out more about CPR and first aid training classes that are OSHA approved and readily available in the San Diego area.  The Beating Heart Center offers CPR and first aid training classes every weekday.     If you are wondering what the appropriate training is for your occupation, you can click on the drop down menu on the website under “Which Certification Do You Need?”

The Beating Heart Center is approved by the American Heart Association and the American Health Safety Institute as a CPR/AED and First Aid Training Center.  The Beating Heart Center is also approved for CPR & First Aid Training by the Emergency Management Service Authority (EMSA), which oversees licensing for day care employees and bus drivers in the state of California.