OSHA Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operations Safety
Online Training Certification Course Construction (29 CFR 1926) Subpart O
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This course presents an overview of motor vehicles, mechanized equipment, and marine operations safety training. This course will help you understand regulations governing motor vehicles and mechanized equipment, including material-handling equipment, pile-driving equipment, and barges. Such equipment poses a serious threat to operator, worker, and site safety. Everyone at a worksite needs to understand the dangers related to the site’s equipment. Employees also need to understand the required and recommended employer training and policies necessary to ensure safety at workplaces that large equipment. These efforts will improve site safety and reduce job-related injuries.
What are the governing regulations?
Safety related to operation of this equipment is detailed in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 29, Part 1926, Subpart O. However, as you will see as the course progresses, many of the regulations in Subpart O direct readers to other sections of the CFR. At times, it directs readers to outside sources. This course will not cover the outside regulations and subparts in detail.
Who must take this training? Construction Industry: Motor vehicles and mechanized equipment pose a serious threat to operators, workers, and site safety. It is critical that everyone on the worksite understands the dangers related to motorized machinery and be trained to identify and handle such hazards. These efforts will improve site safety and reduce job-related injuries and fatalities.
Case Study: Drugs and Alcohol in Fatal Work Crashes
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published a study titled "Fatigue, Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Medical Factors in Fatal-to-the-Driver Heavy Truck Crashes."
According to NTSB’s toxicology reports:
33 percent of drivers who were fatally injured tested positive for alcohol or drugs
Fatigue and fatigue-drug interactions were involved in more fatalities than alcohol and other drugs of abuse alone
A disproportionately high percentage of drivers who used drugs are single, separated, or divorced
Key Takeaway: Driving while "under the influence" contributed to one-third of fatal injuries in this study. However, drugs and alcohol are not the only factors that can lead to fatal vehicle-related injuries: Fatigue also plays a key role in many accidents. How can your workplace promote safe, sober, and non-drowsy driving? Consider this and your role in workplace safety. By setting a good example yourself, you are contributing to a healthier workplace.
OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operations Safety Training. Although, as there are several mentioned OSHA regulation standards - there may be additional required training or re-training that this course does not satisfy.