The 4 most common causes of construction accidents

Long said to be one of the most dangerous occupations, the construction industry showed itself to be just as dangerous in 2013, contributing to one out of each five on-the-job deaths. Specifically, that year saw 796 total deaths in construction, out of 3,929 work-related deaths across the United States. This means that 20.3 percent of the workers who passed away were construction workers.

Even within the industry, there are four different factors that contribute to the majority of construction accidents in Florida; these are often called the “Fatal Four” in the industry.

At the top of the list is falls, which was cited 36.9 percent of the time, the most by a long shot. Out of the the aforementioned 796 deaths, a full 294 of them happened because workers fell, often from one level to the next.

Coming in second were instances in which workers were hit by something, such as a swinging beam or a falling tool. These cases showed up 10.3 percent of the time, according for 82 of the 796 total.

Very close to that, but still third on the list, were electrocutions. They accounted for 8.9 percent of the deaths, or 71 total.

Last on the list were instances in which workers were caught between different machines, structures or materials. This happened in 21 of the cases, meaning that it led to 2.6 percent of the deaths.

As is shown by the reports from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction continues to be dangerous year after year. If you have lost a loved one in this industry or been injured yourself, you may have a right to compensation.

Source: United States Department of Labor, “Commonly Used Statistics” accessed Mar. 18, 2015