Construction injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries in the United States. With all the heavy equipment, scaffolding, unstable surfaces, swinging overhead loads, and other hazards, construction sites can be very dangerous. With the proper safety precautions and training, construction workers can learn how to recognize and avoid many hazardous situations. There are some construction companies that are using new technologies and implementing innovative practices in order to better protect their employees and contractors.
Most Common Injuries on Construction Sites
Injuries and fatalities in construction work are too common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 20 percent of all worker fatalities in private industry in 2014 were construction workers.
OSHA calls the four most common fatal construction injuries the “Fatal Four.”
The last category includes accidents in which workers get caught in or between equipment or objects or crushed by collapsing structures.
These four types of construction accidents led to 60% of construction worker deaths in 2014. According to OSHA, if these “Fatal Four” were eliminated, 545 construction workers’ lives would be saved every year.