OSHA Construction Steel Erection Safety

This course is designed to help you understand the risks involved in working steel erection jobs, review some common hazards and injury prevention.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Steel Erection Safety Training
  • Before Work Begins
  • Falls and Falling Objects
  • Hoisting and Rigging
  • Structural Steel Assembly
  • Beams and Columns
  • Open Web Steel Joists
  • Systems-Engineered Metal Buildings

Course Description

The goal of this course is to help you understand the risks involved in working steel erection jobs. We will review some common hazards and the ways in which these vary in different environments and job stages, design decisions that can help prevent and isolate these hazards, and practices that will reduce the likelihood of injury.

The Construction Steel Erection Training course consists of content, audio, graphics, self check questions and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Construction Steel Erection Safety Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Steel Erection Safety Training

  • Key Terms
  • High-Risk Activities
  • Structures Where Steel Erection May Take Place
  • Hazards in Construction
  • Applicable Regulations

Before Work Begins

  • Preplanning
  • Site-Specific Erection Plan
  • Training

Falls and Falling Objects

  • General Fall Protection
  • Guardrail Criteria
  • Safety Net Systems
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems
  • Positioning Device Systems
  • Ladder Safety
  • Scaffold Safety
  • Falling Objects

Hoisting and Rigging

  • General Hoisting and Rigging Safety
  • Inspection of Cranes
  • Working Under Loads
  • Multiple Lift Rigging Procedures

Structural Steel Assembly

  • Structural Stability
  • Walking and Working Surfaces
  • Plumbing-up
  • Metal Decking-Hoisting and Placement
  • Roof and Floor Holes and Openings
  • Other Provisions

Beams and Columns

  • Beams and Columns in General
  • Column Anchorage
  • Other Considerations

Open Web Steel Joists

  • Open Web Joists in General
  • Field-Bolting at the Column
  • Alternative Stabilization
  • Attachment of Steel Joists
  • Erection of Steel Joists
  • Erection Bridging-Short to Mid-Length Spans
  • Erection Bridging-Long Spans
  • Bolted Diagonal Bridging
  • Landing and Placing Loads

Systems-Engineered Metal Buildings

  • Solid Web Structural Steel
  • Joists and Other Elements


Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Before work begins, employers must provide training to all workers involved in a steel erection project at no cost to the worker. The employers must ensure employee participation.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Construction Steel Erection. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:

(a) Each employer –

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.

A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer’s industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.

What are the governing regulations?

This online course satisfies the training and retraining requirements for the OSHA 29 CFR § 1926 Subpart R Construction Steel Erection Standard.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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