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Top Causes of Construction Worker Fatalities

11 Aug. 2016

Top Causes of Construction Worker Fatalities

Posted By Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson

While there is potential for serious injuries to occur in many different industries, one of the most dangerous is the construction industry. Due to ongoing projects and an increase in new construction, construction sites are arising all over the nation and more workers are entering the industry. Unfortunately, this translates to more risk and more potential accidents. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), in 2014, there were 899 construction fatalities out of the 4,386 total workplace fatalities[1]. That is equal to 20.5% of the total fatalities, or one in every five worker deaths.

These are some of the top causes of worker fatalities in the construction industry:

Electrocutions

New construction projects, renovations, demolitions, and other construction jobs involve electrical wiring. When the electricity is not controlled carefully or the wiring is done incorrectly, the risk of electrocution dramatically increases. In 2014, electrocutions resulted in 74 of the 899 construction worker fatalities, or 8.2%.

Caught In / In-Between Accidents

There are many moving parts on a construction site. Heavy equipment, vehicles, machinery, and more can all pose a threat to the workers on the site. For instance, if a machine falls to its side and lands on a person, they may be caught underneath it. These types of accidents can result in serious internal injuries. This is similar to moving vehicles when the operator is not paying close attention to his or her surroundings. Of the 899 construction worker fatalities in 2014, these types of incidents contributed to 39 deaths, or 4.3%.

Struck By Object

Construction sites often have large scaffolds with workers using various tools and machinery high above the ground. Maintaining balance is challenging enough in this situation, but adding tools and machinery to the mix makes the work even more hazardous. In 2014, 73 construction worker fatalities (8.1%) resulted when the worker was struck by an object. This includes tools falling from heights caused by workers carrying items and not paying adequate attention.

Falls

Construction workers often work high off the ground, which inherently presents a serious fall hazard. This is especially the case when the worker is not provided the proper safety equipment to work safely high off the ground, such as harnesses and sturdy railings. In 2014, falls at construction sites accounted for nearly 40% of all construction worker deaths, or 359 of the 899 total fatalities.

Together, these are often referred to as the “fatal four” in the construction industry and account for the majority of the fatalities that occur on construction sites. It is important to know what causes these types of incidents, as well as what legal help is available to you if you have been injured.

Houston Construction Accident Attorney

At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our Houston construction accident lawyers have the skills, knowledge, and experience to represent individuals who have been harmed on a construction site. We also represent families who have lost loved ones as a result of fatal construction accidents. It is important to have someone on your side who is determined to help you and knows how to handle these types of cases. We encourage you to learn more about your legal options and how our firm can put together a strategy based on your specific needs.

Contact our firm today and speak with us about your potential lawsuit.

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