OSHA Nebraska Certification
Prior to OSHA’s establishment, there were very few government regulations that protected workers – including in Nebraska. Although there are now plenty of OSHA regulations in place, the amount of OSHA standards can make it difficult to understand which training you should take, how to get your OSHA training, and why training is so important for Nebraska workers – particularly in the construction industry.
We understand these difficulties, so below we’ll dive into all you need to know about OSHA Nebraska training so that you can sign up for the appropriate course.
OSHA Nebraska Training Requirements
While some states have occupational health and safety regulatory programs, Nebraska does not. Because Nebraska doesn’t have a state plan, Nebraskan workers fall under OSHA regulations instead.
OSHA does require training on certain topics, but in Nebraska, their 10-hour and 30-hour “Outreach” courses are not required, however many Nebraska employers will require this training as part of their onboarding process.
Outreach courses cover common safety topics for the specific industry in question. The 10-hour course is designed for entry-level workers, while OSHA 30-hour courses are designed for supervisors.
Benefits of OSHA Nebraska Training for Workers
OSHA’s first priority is to increase employee awareness and understanding of common workplace and jobsite hazards so injuries and fatalities can be avoided. However, businesses can benefit in other ways when they invest in OSHA Nebraska training programs. For example, they can avoid penalties from noncompliant practices, lower workers’ compensation costs, and increase worker productivity and the company’s financial performance.
While it’s easy for us to say that training and safety awareness will keep workers safe, it’s another thing to share statistics that back up our statements. Look at the below statistics from OSHA, the Department of Labor, and other Nebraska agencies regarding workplace safety.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Nebraska
A total of 35 fatal occupational injuries occurred in Nebraska in 2017, compared to 5,147 fatalities nationally, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Of the 35 fatalities:
- 20 were the result of transportation incidents
- 4 were the result of falls, slips, and trips
- 7 were the result of contact with objects and equipment
- 2 were the result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals
- 1 was the result of fires and explosions
The fatalities were distributed across the following industries:
- 12 in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting
- 2 in beef cattle ranching
- 1 in chicken egg production
- 1 in soybean farming
- 1 in oilseed/grain combination farming
- 1 in potato farming
- 6 in other crop production
- 1 in animal slaughtering and processing
- 8 in trade and transportation
- 2 in long-distance general freight trucking
- 3 in specialized freight trucking
- 3 in retail and wholesale trade
- 4 in government (2 in local, 2 unspecified)
- 3 in leisure and hospitality
- 2 in commercial machinery repair and maintenance
- 1 electrical contractor
- 1 in wire telecommunications
- 1 in cemeteries and crematories
2019 Top OSHA Enforcement Cases in Nebraska
It’s obvious that Nebraska employees are at risk for injuries and accidents, but they’re not the only ones that can benefit from OSHA training. Nebraska businesses can also use OSHA training to help reduce their risk of enforcement penalties from an OSHA inspection.
OSHA always keeps an up-to-date list of the top enforcement cases in Nebraska, but here is a listing of the top cases of 2019.
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|State||Inspection Number||Employer||City||Issuance Date||Initial Penalty|
|NE||1378745.015||Bickford Senior Living, LLC||OMAHA||06/20/2019||$60,844.00|
|NE||1366830.015||Family Dollar Store||OMAHA||06/06/2019||$302,147.00|
|NE||1358968.015||Western Engineering Co., Inc.||NORTH PLATTE||02/25/2019||$89,032.00|
|NE||1346160.015||Noah's Ark Processors, LLC||HASTINGS||01/18/2019||$182,926.00|
Federal OSHA Offices in Nebraska
You can find a local area OSHA office in Omaha, which serves the needs of Nebraskan employers and workers that fall under federal OSHA jurisdiction.
The contact information for all offices, including the local Nebraska OSHA office, can be found on OSHA's website.
Additional Nebraska Resources for Safety Information
Need further resources? You can find more information and assistance at the following Nebraska state agency and association websites.
Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL): The NDOL administers workforce services for employers, workers and job seekers in Nebraska. That includes unemployment benefits, training assistance, wage complaints, and contractor registration. They also enforce labor law.
Nebraska On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program: The DOL also provides free safety and health consultations for small and medium private businesses. They'll help you identify and correct safety and health hazards. That includes mock OSHA inspections (without a risk of fines), assessments of your safety and health program, and evaluation of specific safety systems.
Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (DAS): The DAS's State Risk Manager is responsible for managing workers' compensation claims. Workers' comp is important to understand when researching workplace safety. Also see the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court.
Great Plains Safety and Health Organization (GPSHO): The GPSHO promotes safety and health in the Great Plains states by providing affordable advice to businesses, organizations, and individuals. That includes on-site, on-going customized safety planning and assessment. And it's based in Nebraska!
Nebraska Safety Council: This non-profit is another resource for safety consultation. They can help with written program development or review, perform safety program audits and accident investigations, and more.
Nebraska Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program (OSHS): Handled through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the OSHS program tracks work-related injuries, illnesses, and hazards to identify trends and priorities.
Enroll Now in Nebraska OSHA Training Courses
Now that you understand how essential OSHA Nebraska training is for the safety and well-being of workers, supervisors, and employers, your next step is to narrow down which OSHA training course is right for you.
Luckily, you don’t have to look far. With over 20 years of experience as an OSHA-authorized training provider, we offer OSHA 10-Hour Construction, OSHA 30-Hour Construction, OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, and OSHA 30-Hour General Industry to satisfy your OSHA training needs.
The best part of our training is that it’s 100% online and self-paced so you can take your training when it’s convenient for you.