The Focus Four: Electrical Hazards

As a construction worker, you understand that there are risks and hazards at every site you go to. Knowing what signs of danger to look for and how to protect yourself is crucial to staying safe on the job. Being exposed to potential electrical hazards while working may sometimes be part of your job, but getting injured doesn’t have to be. Stay safe by learning more about what can cause an electrical hazard and how to protect yourself from them at work.

The Focus Four: Caught-In/Between Hazards

When you are working on a construction site, you often have to squeeze yourself into some tight spaces. The fear of getting stuck in these spaces, or getting caught in machinery or equipment, is very real. Injuries caused by these hazards, called caught-in or between hazards, can be life-changing. Understanding what to look out for and how to prevent it from happening to you is crucial to preserving your safety.

OSHA: Rights and Responsibilities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed in 1971 with the mission of assuring “safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.” Most private sector employers are covered by OSHA in all 50 states and, in New York, public sector workers are covered by a state plan. Learn more about employers’ responsibilities, employees’ rights, and what to do if you believe your rights have been violated.