Every 99 minutes, approximately one worker is killed or is unable to return home safely at the end of their workday. That’s 15 employees a day, 100 per week, and more than 5,200 a year – a daunting fact, but one that employers around the country will improve by adhering to occupational safety and health policies and regulations. Workers Memorial Day is observed annually on April 28 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the entire nation. The day remembers those who died on the job and respects the effect these horrific deaths have on relatives, coworkers, and neighborhoods. This year, we also remember that more than a year after the pandemic, ordinary important workers, many of whom are people of color and refugees, have put their lives in danger due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All United States employees must comply with occupational safety and health standards regulated by Federal OSHA. OSHA 30 Construction is an online training course intended for workers with supervisory or managerial roles, which provides basic awareness and adequate knowledge about essential site safety topics as well as potential site hazards that workers are usually unaware of. The safety topics include but are not limited to Introduction to OSHA, OSHA Focus Four Hazards, Personal Protective Equipment, Materials Handling, Use, and Disposal, Ergonomics, and Concrete and Masonry Construction. Upon completing this online training, workers will receive the OSHA 30 card on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor. Simply put, this course not only builds the skills and proficiency of workers handling difficult situations but will also help their career build for the long run in the Construction Industry.