Construction Accidents Result in Injuries
Nearly all construction accidents are preventable. The safety of its employees and the general public should be a top priority of any construction company. Awareness of four common construction hazards can lead to increased safety. Those hazards have been determined to be attributable to nearly 60 percent of all construction accident injuries and deaths.
The OSHA 2014 Numbers
According to the Occupational Health Safety Administration (OSHA), there were 4,679 work-related fatalities in 2014, the most recent year for which we have statistics. Fatal injuries involving employees of construction contractors consisted of 17 percent of those fatalities. Four of the most common causes of construction site injuries are outlined in the paragraphs below.
Workers involved in construction risk falling from ladders, scaffolds, cranes and other equipment that enables them to work at different heights. About 33 percent of all fall-related injuries and fatalities involve falls from roofs. Roofers and steelworkers are most often injured or killed from roof falls. About 36 percent of all construction-related deaths in the 2014 figures were from falls.
Being Struck by Objects
Tools, materials and other objects that aren’t properly secured and used at heights cause risks to construction workers below when they fall. Those risks are one of the primary reasons for hard hats. Workers might also get struck by heavy equipment like cranes or bulldozers. In the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, one construction worker was recently killed, and three others were injured, when a massive 45-ton road beam that was 180 feet long fell from a crane. About 10 percent of all deaths from construction site injuries result from being struck by an object.
It’s quite common for construction sites to work with or around electrical hazards on a job site. Sometimes the electrical source is still a work in progress. Electrical hazards must be identified, and due care and caution needs to be used by employers and employees. About 9 percent of all construction accident deaths are from electrocution.
Being Caught Between Objects
The usual construction site scenario for being caught between objects is a worker who gets pinned between a moving object, like a truck, and a stationary object, like a wall. About 2 percent of construction injury fatalities involve workers getting caught between objects.
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