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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fatal Accidents in the Construction Industry

In the private industry, one in five worker deaths were in the construction industry.

 

Four types of accidents caused more than half (57.7%) the construction worker deaths in 2013, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Eliminating these four types of accidents would save over 470 workers' lives in America every year.

Here are the four types of most fatal construction accidents and the percentage of total construction deaths in 2013:
1. Falls (36.5%)
2. Struck by Object (10.1%)
3. Electrocutions (8.6%)
4. Caught-in/between (2.5%)

Employers are responsible for many factors that contribute to the overall safety in the work environment, from safety training programs and reliable equipment. So what can employers so to further pinpoint specific ways to prevent accidental deaths in the construction industry? A good place to start is ensuring that your company is proactively taking measures to ensure safety in the areas listed below.

The top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA during the fiscal year 2014:
1. Fall protection (construction)
2. Hazard communication standard (general industry)
3. Scaffolding, general requirements (construction)
4. Respiratory protection (general industry)
5. Powered industrial trucks (general industry)
6. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) (general industry)
7. Ladders (construction)
8. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment (general industry)
9. Machinery and Machine Guarding (general requirements)
10. Electrical systems design, general requirements (general industry)

Designed to help American workers and their dependents recover from work-related injuries, workers' compensation is a mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. In Georgia, worker’s compensation benefits are also available to the dependent spouse and minor children of an employee who died due to injuries suffered on the job.

For more information about legal compliance with workplace safety regulations, or other worker’s compensation issues from an employer’s perspective, email William A. White at wwhite@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-957-3937.

 

 

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