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MBA Safety News - March 2022
Focus Four Campaign

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, their state plans, consultation projects, and construction industry partners have initiated a “Focus Four Hazards” campaign from March through June in Region Three’s jurisdiction. 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 4764 worker fatalities in all industries in calendar year 2020, 1,008 or 21% 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 more than half (57%) of the construction worker deaths in 2020, according to BLS reports.
  • Falls - 368 out of 1,008 total deaths in construction in CY 2020 (~37%)
  • Struck by Object - 83 (8%)
  • Electrocutions - 53 (5%)
  • Caught-in/between - 70 (~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 574 lives each year.
Pittsburgh Lead Training

As most of you know, the City of Pittsburgh Dept. of Permit, Licenses and Inspections is implementing a new ordinance that requires proof of compliance with the EPA RRP regulation when you renew your City license. This will be effective as of May 29th, 2022. You will need to show either a copy of your EPA Renovator Firm registration or a copy of a training certificate showing that at least 1 employee has completed the RRP training. This is an 8-Hour training course and the certificate is good for 5 years.

Professional Training Associates, Inc. (PTA) is a local Safety & Environmental Training Provider and has been conducting these RRP courses since 2010 at their Duquesne Training Center. We wanted to make you aware of their upcoming training dates in case you need to enroll a few of your employees. Also, be aware that you can go ahead and obtain your EPA Firm Registration now - even before you have any staff member trained. We have included a link to assist you in the process.

Upcoming RRP Training Dates at PTA's Duquesne Training:
  • April 15th, April 22th, May 9th & May 17th
  • To register, call PTA at 412-460-0266 or email Registrations
  • To register online anytime, go to EPA Certified Renovator Courses.. The cost is $225.00/person.
  • Cost is $200.00 / person when registering 3 or more for the same date or 5 or more to any of the above dates.
  • You can apply for your company's EPA Firm Certification at any time. There's a $300.00 application fee that is good for five years. You can apply online at
Construction Safety Week
May 2 - 6, 2022
Mark your calendars for Construction Safety Week

Safety Week is an opportunity for people, companies, and even competitors, to work together and celebrate the incredibly hard work that people in our industry make safety the foundation of everything they do.

In the coming weeks, we will share new recommendations and resources with you to outline ways we can all plan for Construction Safety Week. This will include a recommended topic for each day along with ideas for communicating and discussing each topic.

We look forward to another successful Construction Safety Week. Thank you for your continued support.
Bob McCall
Director of Safety
Master Builders' Association of Western PA, Inc.