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OSHA's Fatal Four: Deadly Construction Accidents

5 Mar. 2015

OSHA's Fatal Four: Deadly Construction Accidents

Posted By Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson

The construction industry is crucially important to the growth and development of our country. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous professions around. As many Americans take for granted the achievements of construction workers in their hectic day-to-day lives, few realize just how dangerous their jobs are. All it takes is a glance at some statistics to understand that employees in the construction industry face real hazards - and many of them.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency tasked with assuring safe and healthful working conditions for millions of American workers. In an effort to improve workplace safety, OSHA continually collects data concerning on-the-job accidents, injuries, and deaths. At a glance, it’s clear construction is one of the most dangerous sectors around:

  • Approximately 20% of the approximate 3,929 private industry worker deaths involved workers in construction.
  • 1 in 5 workers deaths death occurred in the construction industry.

Because these statistics are consistently high and alarming, OSHA takes a closer look at construction industry deaths and their causes. Throughout the years, they’ve found that a certain few types of accidents cause a large percentage of worker fatalities. In 2013, for example, OSHA noted that the four most common causes of construction worker fatalities - or the “ Fatal Four” - accounted for over half of all construction deaths in 2013.

According to OSHA, the “Fatal Four” include:

  • Falls - Falls accounted for nearly 37% of all construction worker deaths in 2013. These falls typically involve cranes, elevated construction sites, ladders, and scaffolding.
  • Struck by object - Stuck by object accidents occur when various tools or pieces of equipment commonly found on construction sites strike and injure workers. These objects commonly include tools that are dropped or fall from heights.
  • Electrocutions - Construction sites are filled with open wiring and unfinished electrical components that pose a hazard to all workers. As a result, electrocutions are common, accounting for about 9% of construction worker deaths in 2013.
  • Caught-in / between - Caught-in or between accidents can kill construction workers in a number of ways. Typically, these accidents involve cranes and other heavy construction equipment or machinery.

At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our legal team is committed to fighting on behalf of construction workers who suffered injuries on the job - as well as families who have lost loved ones in fatal construction accidents. If you have questions about your rights and how our team of injury lawyers in Houston can help you, contact our firm today for a FREE case review.

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