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809: Focus Four - Electrocution Hazards
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Welcome to Focus Four-Electrocution Hazards for the construction industry. This is the fourth course covering the hazards described in our Construction Focus Four Hazards series. Please be sure to complete the series by also taking courses 806, 807, and 808. The Focus Four Hazards series was developed in support of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction Outreach Program's effort to help educate workers in the construction industry about:

  • understanding the hazards they face; and
  • knowing what their employer's responsibilities are to protect workers from workplace hazards.

Construction is among the most dangerous industries in the country and construction inspections comprise 60% of OSHA's total inspections.

  • Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that more fatal on-the-job injuries occur to construction workers than in any other single industry sector. Nearly one out of every five work-related deaths in the U.S. are in the construction industry.
  • Private industry construction workers have a fatal occupational injury rate nearly three times that of all workers in the United States.

Given current OSHA and industry information regarding construction worksite illnesses, injuries and/or fatalities, students who complete this series of courses will be able to recognize fall hazards, caught-in or -between hazards, struck-by hazards, and electrocution hazards (focus four hazards) employees face in the construction industry.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you should be able to:
ID Objective
TO 1.0 Achieve a minimum score of 70% on the final course assessment.
LO 1.1.1 Define and give examples of the major electrocution hazards that are common in the construction industry.
LO 1.1.2 Describe the hazards associated with working around high voltage power lines and live circuits.
LO 1.2.1 Describe methods to protect employees against electrocution hazards.
LO 1.2.2 Discuss the purpose of ground fault circuit interrupters(GFCIs) and describe how they work.
LO 1.2.3 Describe safe practices when using power tools, with emphasis on lockout/tagout procedures.

Key: Terminal Objective (TO), Learning Objective (LO)