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
- Instruct workers to check electrical wiring daily to ensure it has not
- 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.