Avoiding The Most Common Construction Site Accidents
Construction work is extremely dangerous. As workers toil to build our roads, houses, and other infrastructures, they constantly put their lives at risk and face hazardous conditions. With accidents and injuries as part of its norm, the industry is commonly known as the most dangerous work sector. As noted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), a small federal agency under the Department of Labor enforcing safety in workplaces, there were 796 fatal construction injuries in 2013. These fatalities comprised 20.3% percent of all work-related deaths in the country that year.
For OHSA, one way we can curb these tragic accidents is by raising awareness. According to their data, there are four types of accidents—dubbed the ‘Fatal Four—that prove to be the most fatal in construction work.
The first on the list are falls, responsible for 36.9 percent of construction deaths in 2013. The next is being struck by an object, which led to 10.3 percent of fatalities. Electrocutions caused 71 deaths or 8.9 percent. Lastly, getting stuck or caught in between an object lead to 2.6 percent of all construction worker deaths.
Aside from these, on its website New York law firm Hach Rose also cites the following accidents as common sources of injuries:
- Falling hazards
- Scaffolding problems
- Accidents with vehicles and other heavy equipment
- Crane collapse
- Unsafe and unregulated work sites
All these accidents, including the severe injuries that could stem from such scenarios, can be curbed and avoided. By raising awareness and accountability, the state, employers, and worker unions can collaborate together to make sure workers remain safe and advocated for. For non-fatal accidents, victims can also seek legal counsel when moving forward from severe injury. Anyone who has been injured in an accident is facing a long road of recovery. When that happens, construction workers need help in easing their burdens.