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The fatal 4: Construction hazards that can cause fatal accidents

| Jul 2, 2020 | Firm News

You know that a construction site is a dangerous place to work. Potential hazards are all over the place. But did you know that only four types of accidents are responsible for over half of construction site fatalities?

The “fatal four” as identified by OSHA were responsible for 58.6% of construction site deaths in 2018. Making yourself aware of the fatal four and exercising an abundance of caution in these areas can mean the difference between life and death.

1. Falls

Working on a high rise always carries several risks. Perhaps the most significant injury risk comes from falls. However, you don’t need to be working on a multi-story building to be hurt in a fall. Even a tumble from a step ladder can result in a severe brain injury. Use safety harnesses when necessary, and take note of possible fall risks.

2. Being struck by falling objects

A small object can result in large damage if it falls from a great height. However, heavy tools and other objects don’t have to fall far at all to cause a severe injury. Ensure all tools and equipment are secure and be aware of what people are doing both above and below where you are.

3. Being caught “in-between”

It happens more often than you may think. Workers who become pinned against a wall or machinery make up many fatal accident cases. Once again, awareness of your surroundings and the location of your coworkers is essential.

4. Electrocution

Your tools need electricity, and so does the building that you’re constructing. Exposed wires are a constant threat to construction workers. However, mother nature is also capable of sending her own electric shocks to workers who are exposed to the elements. Exercise an abundance of caution around electrical wires. If the weather looks sour, take shelter immediately.

These types of accidents are not always fatal. However, they do often result in serious injuries. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits when you’re hurt on a construction site. You should always discuss your options with a skilled legal professional.

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