What You Need to Know About OSHA's "Fatal 4" Construction Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for keeping track of the health and safety of workers across the United States. When there is a serious injury or illness at a business, the owner must report it to OSHA, which makes a note of the event. Because of this data, OSHA has been able to identify the “Fatal 4” accidents of the construction industry, or those disasters that cause the highest number of deaths

According to their research, out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industries, 1 in 5 worker deaths was in construction in 2015. Most of these deaths were caused by the 4 following types of accidents:

  • Falls – 38.8%
  • Struck by object – 9.6%
  • Electrocution – 8.6%
  • Caught-in / between – 7.2%

OSHA estimates eliminating instances of Fatal 4 accidents would save 6502 workers’ lives in the United States every year. Protection from falls and proper installation of scaffolding are some of the top 10 most frequently cited standards by OSHA in fiscal year 2016.

Employers interested in protecting the well-being of their workers can take courses on how to prevent the Fatal 4, which can include instructions on how to create a safer work environment and provide better training for employees.

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Categories: Construction Accident