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Steel Worker Safety Training

For many construction sites, steel workers provide the backbone of the entire operation. These skilled workers put the beams, girders, and columns in place that will form the integral structure of buildings. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Steel Workers.

OSHA Required Training

Confined Spaces OSHA Regulation: 1910.146(g)

When OSHA Requires Confined Spaces Training:

Confined space training is required for authorized entrants, attendants, and entry supervisors. Essentially this includes anyone who works in a confined space as well as the attendant. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

OSHA does not specifically require training. However annual retraining is an industry best practice.

Downloadable Confined Spaces Training Resources (free):

  • Confined Spaces Training Powerpoint

  • Confined Spaces Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Confined Spaces Training Videos (paid):

  • Confined Space Entry by Atlantic Training

  • Confined Space Entry Retraining by Atlantic Training

  • HAZWOPER Confined Space Entry by Atlantic  Training

Scaffolding OSHA Regulation: 1926.454

When OSHA Requires Scaffolding Training:

Required for employees that are required to work while on a scaffold. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change or when the employee is observed being unsafe.

Downloadable Scaffolding Resources (free):

  • Scaffolding Powerpoint

  • Scaffolding Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Scaffolding Training Videos (paid):

  • Suspended Scaffolding Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Supported Scaffolding Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Supported Scaffolding Safety by Atlantic Training

Fall Protection OSHA Regulation: 1926.503(a)

When OSHA Requires Fall Protection Training:

Required for each employee that may be exposed to fall hazards. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change in the workplace or the employer has reason to believe that a trained employee does not have the understanding and skill necessary to perform the job safely.

Downloadable Fall Protection Training Resources (free):

  • Fall Protection Powerpoint

  • Fall Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Fall Protection Training Videos (paid):

  • Fall Protection by Atlantic Training

  • Fall Protection: Prevent Falling with PPE by Atlantic Training

  • Fall Protection The Right Connection by Coastal Training

Ladder / Stairway OSHA Regulation: 1926.1060

When OSHA Requires Ladder / Stairway Training:

Employees that are required to use ladders or stairways should be trained on the hazards associated with their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Provide retraining so that the employee maintains the understanding and knowledge acquired from the training.

Downloadable Ladder / Stairway Training Resources (free):

  • Ladder Safety Powerpoint

  • Ladder Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ladder Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • ladder safety

    Ladder Safety by Atlantic Training

  • ladder safety

    Ladder Safety in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Stairways & Ladders by Coastal Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

Eye Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Eye Safety Powerpoint

  • Eye Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Eye Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Eye Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety: No Second Chances by Summit Training Source

Hand, Wrist and Finger

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Resources (free):

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Powerpoint

  • Hand Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand, Wrist & Finger Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Hand Safety It's In Your Hands by Coastal Training

Slips, Trips and Falls

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Powerpoint

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Slips, Trips and Falls Training Videos (paid):

  • Slips, Trips & Falls by Atlantic Training

  • Slips Trips and Falls in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Taking The Right Steps by Coastal Training

Welding Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Welding Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Welding Safety Powerpoint

  • Welding Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Welding Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Welding Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Safety Factors In Arc Welding and Cutting Operations by Atlantic Training

  • Welding Safety by Summit Training



Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

2.2% (rough approximation based on construction industry) 2.2% Annual Injury Rate

Steel Worker Safety Tips

Quick Tip

The beams and girders that steel workers must move and maneuver every day can weight anywhere from hundreds to thousands of pounds.

For many construction sites, steel workers provide the backbone of the entire operation. These skilled workers put the beams, girders, and columns in place that will form the integral structure of buildings. It’s a job that requires immense physical strength and concentration. Just like other jobs that involve construction or daily work in a construction zone, it’s not just demanding, but also dangerous work. Construction sites are filled with hazards from nails to cranes that can cause serious injury or even death if someone isn’t paying attention for even a moment. As a steel worker you are responsible for some the heaviest, and therefore most dangerous, pieces of equipment that will enter the site. Reviewing basic safety tips for construction and steel work will help to keep you in the right mindset to protect yourself and your co-workers.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

  • Know the standard emergency procedures for your area. Construction sites can be dangerous places, know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Know where fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
  • Know where a first aid kit is located and use it to clean any small wounds immediately.
  • Communicate with others on site. When moving a heavy beam or operating equipment make sure everyone is aware of what you are doing and that no one is in the way.
  • Keep your area and tools organized. Leaving out tools, or debris in walkways creates a hazard in the event of an emergency. Keep your items as organized as possible.

Wear the Proper Gear at All Times

  • Avoid loose clothing. Especially any articles that have dangling objects like zippers of string.
  • Wear a hard hat while on site at all times, and replace it if it is old or has been damaged.
  • Wear the right glove for the right job.
  • Never wear open toed shoes or shorts on a construction site.

Always Use Proper Lifting Techniques

  • Do not lift anything if you have any doubts about being able to support its weight. Ask for help from a co-worker or find the appropriate machine such as a hand truck, forklift, or crane.
  • Have secure footing on level ground when lifting heavy items.
  • Always bend your knees while keeping your back straight.
  • Never turn hips and shoulders without moving the rest of your body, including your feet.

Check all Equipment

  • Never operate heavy machinery that isn’t properly inspected and hasn’t received regular maintenance.
  • Make sure all tools are in working order. Never use a any electrical equipment that has frayed or damaged power cords.
  • Always use the appropriate tool for the job. Don’t try to overexert yourself or your machinery to save time. Make sure you are aware of the load maximum of hand trucks; fork lifts, and cranes before using them.
  • If using a ladder or scaffolding, make sure the ladder is the right height and that the scaffolding has been erected properly and will stay stable.
  • Never operate heavy machinery if you are fatigued or on new medication.

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