According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), four types of construction site accidents were responsible for more than 60% of all construction worker fatalities in 2016. OSHA has set forth regulations that employers must follow to increase the safety of construction workers. Proper safety training and equipment will help protect employees from these common accidents.

The “Fatal Four” construction site accidents include:

  • Falls from heights. Falling from heights was responsible for nearly 40% of construction worker deaths in 2016. These included falls from scaffolds, raised platforms, elevated work stations, and falls into holes in the floor or walls.
  • Being struck by an object. Being struck by a falling object, such as a tool or machine, was also responsible for many deaths in the construction industry. Knowing where to stand to avoid falling objects and wearing hard hats can help increase the safety of construction workers.
  • Electrocution and electric shock injuries. Electrocution may be caused by exposed wiring or other hazardous conditions at a construction site. Workers must exercise caution when working around electrical systems.
  • Being caught in between objects. Being caught in between objects, such as between a wall and a machine, may result in serious injuries or death. It is important to have proper safety training to know where to stand to avoid being caught in between objects.

Safety Precautions You Can Take to Avoid Serious Accidents

Construction site employers are required to provide adequate training and safety equipment to all employees. You should always wear a hard hat, watch where you are standing, and exercise caution around machinery, electrical wiring, and other equipment. Furthermore, you should have the proper training to handle machines, and use safety harnesses when working on scaffolds or elevated platforms. By having the necessary training and tools, you can increase your safety at a construction site.

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