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The Four Fatal Construction Accidents



June 28th, 2017

Construction accident

The four fatal construction accidents account for more workplace fatalities than any other kind of accident. These accidents claim hundreds of lives every year in the construction industry. They are the cause of 60% of all construction industry deaths. The four fatal construction accidents are:

  • Falls: According to OSHA, falls account for over 35% of the total deaths in the construction industry. Wall openings, floor holes, ladders, scaffolding, roofing and unprotected edges are some of the hazards that contribute to falls at construction sites.

  • Electrocution: Power lines, inadequate grounding, improper use of equipment and faulty power cords are some of the common causes of electrocution at construction sites.

  • Struck-by-object: Almost 10% of fatal construction site injuries result from a worker being struck by a flying, falling, swinging or rolling object.

  • Caught-in-between: Trench or excavation collapses, being crushed between rolling, sliding or shifting objects, and being caught in machinery are some of the examples of caught-in-between accidents.

How to Prevent the Four Fatal Construction Accidents

Well-planned safety protocols, safety training and the strict use of personal protective equipment (PPE) can help prevent the four fatal construction accidents. Here are some ways to prevent these kinds of accidents:

  • Use guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers and restraint systems.

  • Use protective equipment when working with electrical hazards. Create a comprehensive list of all electrical hazards on site and post warning signs to alert workers of electrical risks.

  • Provide adequate training to employees on proper usage of machinery and equipment.

  • Always wear high-visibility clothing.

  • Follow OSHA safety guidelines.

  • Post signs about common safety procedures.

  • Reinforce safety awareness on a regular basis.

  • Were You Or A Loved One Injured In A Construction Site Accident? Contact Us.

    At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., our construction accident attorneys will help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Call (917) 300-0797 or (718) 619-4525 or email us at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com

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