The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that nearly 20% of all deaths that occurred in private industry had taken place as a result of construction site accidents. There are a number of different factors that contribute to the on-the-job fatalities at a construction site, in most cases, some type of human error or negligence plays a role in causing these accidents and potentially life-threatening injuries.
OSHA has compiled and published some statistics that provide some insights as to how prevalent these accidents are, and the common causes of them:
- The most common cause of deaths resulting from construction sites is falls. In fact, falling at a construction sites caused approximately 36 percent of all construction accident fatalities last year.
- Being struck by an object at the site is the second leading cause of construction site accident deaths, with this causing about 10 percent of these fatalities last year.
- Electrocutions, the third most common cause of death at construction sites, reportedly cause about 9 percent of these fatalities last year.
- Bing caught/ trapped between two objects is the fourth most common cause of construction site accident deaths, as this factor is reportedly responsible for about 2 percent of these fatalities.
- According to OSHA, if these "Fatal Four" were eliminated at all construction sites in the U.Ss, more than 430 live could be saved each year (and thousands of injuries-including those that result in permanent disabilities-could be prevented.
Some other factors that can cause construction site accidents are:
- Construction workers' inexperience or lack of training.
- Construction site supervisors' failure to properly set up the site and/or manage the ongoing safety issues associated with the site.
- Lack of proper personal protective gear for workers.
- Failure to properly maintain construction vehicles and machinery.
- Failure to properly store chemicals or other hazardous materials.
To prevent construction site injuries and deaths, both the workers and the supervisors have to make sure they are taking the proper precautions. It is the Supervisors' duty to make sure all the workers are properly trained and have all the right protective gear. If a worker feels they do not have the proper training or gear, then they should contact their supervisor immediately.
If you got hurt at work, you cannot rely on your employer to file your workers compensation claim. It just doesn't work that way. Even if they say they have filed your claim (or you think they have), all they have done is notify their workers compensation insurance company. It's not the same thing. Contact us and let us help you with your workers' compensation case.
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