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The “Fatal Four” construction accidents account for more workplace fatalities than any other accident. One of four events caused 60% of construction industry deaths.While these types of accidents affect every industry, those who work in the construction field are more likely to get hurt.
According to OSHA, over 20% of workplace fatalities were related to construction. That’s not counting the number of non-fatal accidents stemming from the same four issues. It takes well-planned safety protocols, safety training, and the strict use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help reduce the numbers and save lives.
The four top workplace fatality causes are falls, electrocutions, struck-by-object events, and caught-in/between-objects. Unfortunately, these events claim hundreds of lives every year in the construction industry.
OSHA explains that falls are the most common risk of all. 40% of construction workplace deaths in 2014 were due to falls. Electrocutions are a second with 8.5% of fatalities. While Struck-by-object fatalities totaled 8.4%, and at 1.4% were caught in/between-object fatalities.
Employers and employees have an important safety job to do. In general, that job means following safety standards as they’re laid out. OSHA requires employers to ensure workplace conditions are danger-free. Here are some of the things you can do to increase the level of safety on your construction site:
The Fatal Four remains a significant problem. Even despite adequate safety standards set in place by OSHA. Standards only help when they’re followed. Fall protection, for example, helps workers avoid the risk of falling from platforms. Elevated work areas or into holes. OSHA’s fall protection standards were one of the top ten policies that were most violated in 2015.
So, what can you do to limit the number of Fatal Four construction accidents in your workplace?
Here are ten standards that are proven by OSHA to help save lives:
OSHA monitors the volume and nature of workplace injuries and fatalities. By helping form new and more adequate safety standards for the future.
Eliminating the Fatal Four has the potential to save over 500 lives every year. You can do your part to make your construction workplace much safer. Proper training, hazard identification, and hazard protection are ways to make your workplace safe.
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