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OSHA Fatal Facts: Fatalities Caused by Improper Work Practices

COURSE NO: C04-026
OSHA Fatal Facts: Fatalities Caused by Improper Work Practices
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course focuses on thirty of the accident summaries, selected to provide exposure to a wide variety of accident types. The accident summaries are supplemented by background information about industrial accidents in general and the construction industry in particular.  In addition, the lessons distilled from the accident summaries are used to formulate three common-sense principles of accident prevention.


In the United States, about 4,500 workers die each year in accidents on the job. Many of these accidents are the result of a failure to follow proper work practices. In an effort to increase awareness of this situation, OSHA maintains on its website a collection of "Fatal Facts" which are summaries of accidents in which one or more workers died because of improper work practices. These summaries often make for gripping reading because they show repeatedly how simple mistakes can lead to tragic deaths.


This 4 PDH online course is intended primarily for all engineers, designers, contractors, construction personnel and other who are responsible for employee safety and OSHA compliance in potentially hazardous occupations.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Knowing the principles of accident prevention
  • Learning about OSHA's accident prevention recommendations for falls, asphyxiation, nail guns, trenches, electrocution and working near machinery
  • Understanding the importance of worker training, both in competence in operating equipment and in awareness of hazards existing on a particular job site
  • Understanding the importance of supervision and enforcement of proper work practices
  • Familiarizing with OSHA's resources available for helping employers reduce hazards occurring in particular situations
  • Familiarizing with the extent and types of work-related accidents occurring in the United States
  • Learning about OSHA's most frequently cited violations
  • Understanding the disproportionate role played by falls in the fatal accidents totals
  • Understanding the significance of having a designated competent person present on the site
  • Learning about the Fatal Four leading causes of construction accidents
  • Familiarizing with the tremendous variety of work-place accidents that can lead to serious injury or death
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "OSHA Fatal Facts: Fatalities Caused by Improper Work Practices", by Mark Rossow, which uses some of the accident summaries from OSHA's website. 

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
OSHA Fatal Facts: Fatalities Caused by Improper Work Practices (2.4 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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