The construction industry is a dangerous one for workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), injuries at construction sites account for 21 percent of all workplace injuries in the United States–that’s one in five.
This high rate makes construction one of the highest risk occupations in the country, claiming 630+ lives every year.
Main injuries causing work-place fatalities
Dubbed the “Fatal Four”, OSHA has identified four types of construction accidents that cause almost half of all construction work-related fatalities.
- Falls. Falls are the leading cause of construction worker deaths, claiming the lives of almost 400 workers annually. Falls can be the result of falling from heights, such as scaffolding or ladders, or from tripping over an object.
- Electrocution. In addition to death, electrical hazards can cause burns and nerve damage.
- Being struck by objects. This includes being hit by objects that are falling, rolling or swinging. Workers are often unaware of these types of dangers until it’s too late to react.
- Caught-in-between. When a worker (or a worker’s body part) is caught or trapped between an object and machinery, there can be serious consequences. Caught-in-between can also happen when building materials collapse or cave in on a worker.
These accidents are preventable with the use of proper safety protocols, like the use of safety gear such as hard hats, tethers, steel-toed boots and safety glasses. Continued workplace training can also help protect workers and keep them safe from harm. Construction sites should be an environment where safety is a priority and strict safety standards are followed.
When a construction worker is injured, the potential lost income can be a challenge and strain on a family, but an experienced attorney can help you fight for compensation to get your family back on track.