Studies have revealed that the four most prominent causes of accidents were falling, being struck by an object, electrocutions, and being caught between activities. The latter includes instances where workers may have been caught or compressed between objects or equipment and crushed or struck by collapsing equipment.
FREMONT, CA: The construction industry is as dangerous as it gets, and therefore both employers and employees must take adequate precautions to ensure there are no injuries during the job. The construction industry's safety rules are some of the strictest that can be found in any sector. Apart from physical injuries, the construction industry also poses threats of various diseases caused due to exposure to the hazardous ingredients used in production. In 2018, 4,779 worker fatalities were reported in the U.S. from the private sector, of which over 20 percent occurred in the construction industry. This means that nearly one in five workers' deaths occurred in the construction industry.
Studies have revealed that the four most prominent causes of accidents were falling, being struck by an object, electrocutions, and being caught between activities. The latter includes instances where workers may have been caught or compressed in between objects or equipment and crushed or struck by collapsing equipment. Studies have shown that the elimination of these fatal incidents could have saved 591 workers' lives annually. The four most fatal causes comprised nearly 60 percent of the total worker fatalities in 2018.
Construction injuries or fatalities can occur due to various reasons. Here are some of the most frequent causes of construction injuries, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Lack of Protective Gear
Protective gear or equipment is essential and, in this case, can save lives. In many cases, it was found that workers' were not wearing adequate protective gear such as safety glasses or hardhats that prevent injuries.
Workers who deal with high power tools such as generators and electrical wirings expose themselves to electrocution or electric burns. While protective gear may not be of much use here, it is necessary to follow necessary precautions like turning the main supply off before operating such equipment.
One of the most significant causes of worker injuries is the injuries caused by repetitive actions. In many cases, muscles get overworked or damaged due to repetitive physical activity.
In many circumstances, workers are required to spend hours in trenches that can be subject to collapse. It can cut off the air supply and result in asphyxiation or even burry the worker alive.
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