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The “Fatal Four” is the name given to the four construction accidents that account for more workplace fatalities than any other accident. This includes Electrical Hazards, Fall Hazards, Struck-By Hazards and Caught-In/-Between Hazards.
The Fatal Four accounted for 64.2% of construction industry deaths in 2015. While these types of accidents affect every industry, those who work in the construction field are more likely to get hurt.
1 in 5 workplace fatalities in 2015 occurred in the construction industry, according to OSHA. That’s not counting the number of non-fatal accidents stemming from the same four issues.
Preventing these accidents takes well-planned safety protocols, safety training, and the strict use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help reduce these numbers and save lives; this blog looks at ways to do that.
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 when it comes to safety.
In general, that means following safety standards — the standards mandated by law and by your work site — as they’re laid out. For instance, 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 standards that were put in place by OSHA or its Canada equivalency 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.
Over the past five years, The Fatal Four has consistently remained in OSHA’s top 10 citations.
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, inclduing:
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