The Focus Four Hazards have accounted for the vast majority of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. In an effort to prevent future injuries and fatalities, OSHA, our state plans, consultation projects, and construction industry partners have initiated a “Focus Four Hazards” campaign.
The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness in the recognition, evaluation, and control of these hazards through the delivery of toolbox talks for employers to provide to their workers. These toolbox talks will be available during the campaign for employers to use at their own discretion.
Construction's "Fatal Four"
Out of 5190* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2016, 991 or 19% were in construction―that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck-by, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" hazards were responsible for well over half (64%) of the construction worker deaths in 2016*, according to BLS reports.
· Falls - 384 out of 991 total deaths in construction in CY 2016 (39%)
· Struck by Object - 93 (9%)
· Electrocutions - 82 (8%)
· Caught-in/between - 72 (7%) This category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material.
Eliminating these four hazards would save 631 lives each year.
We ask that you assist us in promoting this campaign and encourage your leadership to participate in these efforts to prevent future injuries and fatalities.
New Toolbox Talks - "Caught In"