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The Four Most Common Fatal Construction Accidents

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 24-Feb-2015

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the country for workers. Because of the many hazards on a construction site, construction workers are at a greater risk of fatal accidents than almost any other job in the country. In fact, according to OSHA, 20% of all workplace fatalities in the private industry occurred on construction sites in 2013 and nearly 60% of those fatalities were caused by one of four specific types of accident.

The Fatal Four

Below are the four most common types of accident that caused fatalities in the construction industry.

  • Falls – Construction workers are often working at great heights and without proper fall prevention equipment. In 2013, nearly 300 workers were killed after falling from heights on a construction site. Falls accounted for 37% of all workplace fatalities in the construction industry.
  • Struck by Object – Workers being struck by or hit by an object account for 10% of the fatalities. Heavy machinery and equipment, building supplies, pipes and heavy tools are common on construction sites and can all be extremely dangerous if workers are accidentally struck by a heavy object.
  • Electrical Hazards – Electrical hazards were the cause of almost 10% of all construction site fatalities. This could include anything from improperly grounded outlets, faulty wiring or switches, defective cords on power tools, or accidentally coming in contact with power lines.
  • Caught-in/between – Caught in or caught between injuries occur when a worker is pinned between two objects. Examples of this include being crushed against a wall by a machine or piece of construction equipment or being crushed by a collapsed wall or scaffolding.

Preventing Fatal Construction Accidents

Eliminating fatalities caused by the “Fatal Four” would save nearly 500 lives a year. OSHA provides construction companies with measures that can be taken to help prevent fatal accidents on their construction sites. Some of these safety tips include:

  • Using proper fall prevention equipment at all times when workers are required to be elevated
  • Training workers on basic safety measures, such as avoiding walking or standing underneath a beam or other heavy object that is being lifted by a crane
  • Providing workers with safety gear such as hard hats, toe guards and eye protection
  • Instruct workers to check electrical wiring daily to ensure it has not been damaged
  • Posting signs to warn workers of hazardous areas on the site

Free Case Evaluation with Our Construction Accident Attorneys

Construction companies have a legal responsibility to ensure its workers are provided with a safe workplace and to take reasonable precautions to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation if it can be shown that the construction company failed to meet its legal obligations. At Arnold & Itkin, we have helped thousands of industrial workers recover compensation for injuries they have suffered on the job. Contact our construction accident attorneys today to learn more.

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