OSHA Alabama Certification
Before OSHA was established in 1971, regulations to protect worker's safety were few and far between. OSHA was created to increase safety for all U.S. workers and inform them of the safety hazards on their job sites.
But OSHA Alabama regulations are confusing. States have their own guidelines, and different industries follow different rules.
Below, we'll give you a better understanding of where things stand in Alabama by reviewing OSHA's training requirements, explaining how you get OSHA training, and discussing why health and safety training is crucial to Alabamans in every industry—especially construction.
OSHA Training Requirements in Alabama
While some U.S. states have their own occupational health and safety program, called a "state plan," Alabama does not. Alabamans are covered by federal OSHA regulations instead, which mostly impact the private sector.
OSHA 10- and 30-hour Outreach training is not required by OSHA or the state of Alabama. But OSHA does require training on certain topics, and Outreach training typically covers common safety topics that are required for that industry. As a result, OSHA recommends Outreach courses as a general orientation.
Benefits of OSHA Training for Workers in Alabama
The point of OSHA Alabama training is to prevent fatalities, illnesses, and accidents by improving employees' awareness of workplace hazards. Plus, when Alabama employers invest in OSHA training, they can:
- Avoid OSHA penalties
- Reduce workers' compensation claims
- Improve productivity and performance
The benefits and risks of health and safety training aren't abstract—let's take a look at statistics from OSHA and the Department of Labor that reveal the importance of OSHA training.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Alabama
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics records show there were 83 fatal occupational injuries in Alabama in 2017, while nationally there were 5,147 fatal occupational injuries.
Of the 83 fatalities:
- 34 were the result of transportation incidents
- 21 were the result of contact with objects and equipment
- 13 were the result of falls, slips, and trips
- 7 were the result of exposure to harmful substances or environments
- 5 were the result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals
The trade, transportation, and utilities industry had the highest number of fatalities in Alabama. Of the 26 fatalities in that sector:
- 19 in transportation and warehousing, specifically -
- 12 in general freight trucking (11 long-distance, 1 other)
- 4 in specialized freight trucking
- 1 in rail transportation
- 3 in wholesale trade
The second highest number of fatal work injuries was in construction.
Construction-Related Fatal Occupational Injuries
In 2017, there were 18 fatal occupational injuries within the private construction industry. Specifically, they occurred in the following sectors:
- 11 specialty trade contractors
- 3 in the construction of buildings
- 3 in heavy and civil engineering construction
The fatalities in construction were distributed across the following occupations:
- 1 supervisor of construction and extraction workers
- 15 construction trades workers
- 5 construction laborers
- 3 electricians
- 7 other trades workers
2018 Top OSHA Enforcement Cases in Alabama
We can see from the statistics above that workers in Alabama are at risk for injury and accidents. But Alabama businesses are also at risk—from steep penalties if OSHA finds infractions during a site inspection.
OSHA lists the top enforcement cases by state on its website. Here are the top cases from 2018.
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|State||Inspection Number||Employer||City||Issuance Date||Initial Penalty|
|AL||1270170.015||Omar Garcia||PIKE ROAD||01/26/2018||$113,073.00|
|AL||1277381.015||Southeast Forest Products Corporation||MONTGOMERY||01/25/2018||$60,467.00|
|AL||1247415.015||Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co., Inc.||BESSEMER||01/05/2018||$144,857.00|
|AL||1338875.015||Southern Classic Food Group||BRUNDIDGE||11/15/2018||$145,043.00|
|AL||1315637.015||Sabel Steel Service, Inc.||MONTGOMERY||11/02/2018||$133,539.00|
|AL||1315712.015||American Remediation and Environmental, Inc.||CREOLA||10/26/2018||$171,281.00|
|AL||1309219.015||Structural Wood Systems, Inc.||GREENVILLE||09/07/2018||$85,362.00|
|AL||1300222.015||Thorpe Specialty Services Corporation||MILLPORT||08/20/2018||$175,528.00|
|AL||1309074.015||Packaging Corporation of America (PCA)||OPELIKA||07/19/2018||$66,612.00|
|AL||1318978.015||Arkal Automotive USA, Inc.||AUBURN||07/17/2018||$47,857.00|
|AL||1303930.015||U.S. Postal Service||SYCAMORE||07/12/2018||$50,815.00|
|AL||1276309.015||All Power Construction Corporation||HUNTSVILLE||04/30/2018||$139,684.00|
|AL||1269900.015||Henry Marine Service, Inc.||BUCKS||03/27/2018||$51,739.00|
|AL||1281579.015||Jose Ausencio Serrato Alvarez||BIRMINGHAM||03/16/2018||$133,604.00|
|AL||1290339.015||Asphalt Services, Inc.||SPANISH FORT||03/13/2018||$68,548.00|
|AL||1262947.015||Flowerwood Nursery, Inc.||MOBILE||03/06/2018||$56,172.00|
|AL||1256264.015||ABC Polymer Industries, LLC||HELENA||02/05/2018||$195,144.00|
Federal OSHA Offices in Alabama
Alabama private sector employers and workers fall under federal OSHA jurisdiction. There are two local area offices in Alabama to serve their needs: one in Birmingham and one in Mobile.
You can find the contact information for OSHA's local offices on their website.
Additional Alabama Resources for Safety Information
In addition to the information above, you can learn more about available safety resources by visiting the following Alabama state agency and association websites:
Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL): ADOL provides workforce services to employers and job seekers. That includes handling worker's compensation claims, unemployment claims, and child labor laws.
Public Employees Safety Council of Alabama (PESCA): PESCA is an Alabama non-profit that focuses on reducing work-related injuries and accidents among public employees. They hold a yearly safety conference in October.
The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety (DSC): The DSC is a research and outreach center serving the occupational health and safety concerns of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and the panhandle of Florida. It's a partnership between the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Auburn University.
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As we've shown, OSHA Alabama training is important to the safety and well-being of workers and employers in Alabama. The next step is completing yours!
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