As a California construction worker, no one needs to tell you that construction is an inherently dangerous occupation. But are you aware that construction work is so dangerous that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration has compiled a list of the four types of accidents that cause the most deaths in the construction industry?
Per Construction Connect, the four types of accidents on this list commonly called the “Fatal Four” list, consisting of the following:
- Struck-by-objects accidents
- Caught-in and caught-between accidents
Falls account for 38.7% of all construction fatalities nationwide, more than the other three types of accidents combined.
Struck-by-objects accidents account for 9.4% of annual nationwide construction fatalities. The objects causing them to include such things as the following:
- Flying pieces of debris
- Falling tools
- Swinging doors
- Rolling equipment
Electrocutions rank third on the Fatal Four list and account for 8.3% of the nation’s annual construction fatalities. Keep in mind that while the death toll may be relatively low, a nonfatal electrocution injury causes not only excessive pain but also burns, often extensive, that can leave lasting scars.
Caught-in and caught-between statistics
Finally, caught-in and caught-between accidents account for 7.3% of all construction fatalities. Again, while the death toll from getting a body part caught in a piece of machinery or between two mechanisms is relatively low, these types of injuries, even when nonfatal, can result in a severe crush injury requiring amputation of the affected body part.
Taken together, these four kinds of accidents cause the deaths of at least 545 construction workers each year in the United States. Knowing that these dangers exist and taking appropriate precautions to prevent them can save your life.