Top 4 Fatal Construction Hazards

Working in construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Even when construction workers wear safety equipment and practice extensive safety measures on-site, there is still a significant possibility of suffering a serious or fatal injury.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the four (4) leading causes of construction fatalities, aptly named OSHA’s “Fatal Four Hazards.” These four types of construction accidents are responsible for three out of every five deaths on the job.

The following are the top four causes of construction fatalities:

  1. Falls – More than 36 percent of all construction deaths are caused by falls. Common examples include falling off scaffolding, roofs, and ladders, falling down a hole or unprotected side, and falls caused by inadequately constructed walking and working surfaces. To prevent falls, OSHA recommends wearing/using personal fall arrest equipment, cover floor openings or label open holes, and use construction equipment such as scaffolding and ladders safely.

  1. Being struck by an object – Over ten (10) percent of all construction deaths are caused by falling, flying, swinging, rolling, or misplaced objects, such as tools and construction materials. To avoid being struck by an object, OSHA recommends wearing proper PPE that is highly visible near equipment and vehicles, and never work between fixed and moving objects.

  1. Electrocutions – Nearly nine (9) percent of fatalities in construction are caused by electrocutions, whether it’s from exposed wires or working in wet conditions around power lines and other types of electric conductors and parts. OSHA recommends you identify utilities and power lines prior to working, maintain a safe distance from any electrical equipment, and use ground-fault circuit interrupters to protect yourself.

  1. Getting caught-in/-between objects – More than two percent of construction fatalities occur when workers are caught in or between tools, machinery, object, and other devices. One of the most common type of this kind of accident happens when a trench or excavation collapses. OSHA recommends you always wear protective equipment when entering an unprotected trench or excavation that is at least five (5) feet deep and ensure the working area is protected by trench shield or other similar systems.

If you were injured in a construction accident in Pasadena or the surrounding area, contact Tedford & Associates today at (626) 325-0142 for a free initial consultation. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients!

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