OSHA Fatal Four - Why Compliance with 'Regulations' Will Not Prevent a Workplace Fatality

Duration: 60 Minutes
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OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics have recently published data on the rate of fatalities in the category known as the 'Focus Four', also referred to as the 'Fatal Four'. The Focus Four are: Fall protection, Electrocution, Struck-by and caught-in or -between. Anyone in the safety business will readily attest to the lethality of these categories. What the statistics have shown is that over the past five years, falls and electrocutions are being effectively controlled with the application of intensive training, personal protective equipment (PPE), improved protective measures, etc. The rate of growth in the other two categories - struck-by and caught-in or -between is moving in the wrong direction, at a fast clip. These two categories are proving to be a lot harder to manage than the other two.
OSHA Fatal Four Safety Hazards
Instructor: John Meola
Product ID: 502510
In particular, the prevalence of highway maintenance and construction work zones - the direct result of our deteriorating transportation infrastructure - puts a lot of workers into harm's way. The expanding use of mechanized equipment to perform work inside those work zones adds another layer of risk to the formula. Suffice to say that the mix of struck-by and caught-between hazards will require some 'outside the box' thinking on the part of safety engineers, managers and planners, stretching beyond the regulatory and compliance level.

Many of the traditional safety programs in the construction and industrial trades operate on the false assumption that if they 'comply' with the regulations, then they are safe. The problem is that many business people actually believe that compliance is all they need to do, and when someone gets killed, they can point to their so-called 'compliance' as proof that they did their part. This ignores the basic elements of risk and safety management, and exposes them to negligence claims against their company and their insurance coverage.

Objectives of the Presentation
  • Protect your employees from the usually lethal accidents described in the Focus Four category
  • Plan and prepare for these hazards and avoid the exposure in the first place
  • Increase your defensive measures beyond the basic compliance level
  • Protect your organization from lawsuits and allegations of negligence
  • Avoid several common misconceptions, which also lead to poor excuses for not doing something substantive to secure your allies, such as:
    • I complied with the requirements, there was nothing more I could have done
    • It was someone else's fault
    • It was not my responsibility to do that
    • We are 'not responsible' for some accident at work
    • Evading your responsibility as an employer, or just out of plain laziness
  • Protect yourself from becoming a prime target for a negligence lawsuit
Why Should you Attend
Join this session with expert speaker John J. Meola, CSP, ARM, who will examine the Focus Four categories which emphasis on struck-by and caught-in or -between. While there are no easy answers, there are protective methods and practices available to employers who are sincere in their protective efforts and not hide-bound by what's written in the OSHA or DOT manuals. John will cover all those aspects, and how employers can work towards preventing/minimizing instances of fatal accidents. You will learn about improved protective strategies - easy, low cost training techniques, supervisory requirements; basic and intermediate protective measures such as equipping your Truck Mounted Attenuators with improved high visibility devices, driver protections such as five point restraint harness, etc. John will also explore regulatory code compliance and going beyond compliance for optimal protection.

Who will Benefit
  • Traffic engineers, planners
  • DOT officials
  • Safety engineers and managers
  • Superintendents and foremen
  • Contractors, project managers
  • Highway, road and bridge construction
  • Steel erection
  • Crane, hoisting and rigging
  • Transportation, fleet safety managers
  • Trucking distribution and warehouse logistics
  • Fork lift and mechanized handling
  • Robotics and remote controlled equipment manufacturers, installers, technicians, mechanics
  • Automated systems
  • Highway traffic control providers, traffic signal installers
  • Highway maintenance technicians, planners, supervisors, managers
  • Human resources managers
  • CEO's, company presidents, VP's, executive VP's, chief operating officers
  • Risk and insurance managers
  • Insurance agents and brokers
  • Legal consultants, legal advisors, paralegals
  • Personal injury attorneys
  • Defense attorneys
  • Workers' compensation judges and administrators
  • Self-insured groups and managers
  • Insurance actuaries
  • OSHA inspectors and administrators, compliance officers and managers
  • Administrative law judges
  • Insurance claims adjusters
  • Insurance underwriters
  • Insurance loss control and loss prevention engineers and managers
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Instructor Profile:
In addition to being a heavily credentialed Safety Professional, John J. Meola, CSP, ARM has a BA Degree in English Literature and Education, which combine to make him a very effective teacher- trainer-presenter, for safety concerns, but also for organization development, leadership and applied behavioral psychology and motivational elements. John has 'grown up' with OSHA, from the shipyards, tank farms and factories of the Northeast to the MSHA governed strip mines and quarries of the mid-Atlantic.

He is an Adjunct Instructor at VA Commonwealth University School of Business, Risk Management Institute and Past President of the Colonial VA Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. He is an OSHA 500 Outreach Trainer for Construction (English & Spanish) and has received HazMat and Disaster Response & Recovery Training. He specializes in training for fall protection, confined space, lock out tag out and is a PPE applications specialist.

John is the author of two safety handbooks (Construction Safety Guide; Forklift Safety Guide; Genium Publishing) and has written numerous technical safety articles for the construction publishing industry. He is an accomplished, engaging and energetic speaker.
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