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Monday, May 16, 2016

Increased Risk of Fatal Personal Injury in Construction Industry

According to the most recent statistics released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry is still the most vulnerable to fatal injuries and accidents.  As millions of Americans across the country report to work at construction sites every day, one in five worker deaths last year took place within the construction industry. 

 

Falls continue to be the leading cause of death on construction sites.   Other most common accidents include electrocution, struck by an object and caught in/between.  Dubbed “the fatal four” by OSHA, over half of fatalities in the construction industry happened as a result of these four types of accidents.  By reducing the risks associated with these types of accidents, employers could save up to 508 workers lives per year. 

 

Contributing to the increased risk, OSHA reports that Fall Protection in the construction industry remains the number one most frequently cited standard during the fiscal year 2015 (from October 1, 2014 through September 20, 2015).  Employers are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe work environment, including fall protection systems.  This includes, but isn’t limited to, ensuring guardrails, safety nets or personal fall-arrest systems are in place when employees are working six feet or more above the lower level, protection from tripping and slipping hazards, and safe walking/working surfaces. 

 

Work within the construction industry spans many types of jobs.  The specific types of occupations which had the highest percentage of documented fatal accidents include:

  • Construction laborers (26%)
  • First-line supervisors (13%)
  • Roofers (11%)
  • Carpenters (7%)
  • Electricians (7%)

Designed to help workers and their dependents recover from work-related injuries and accidents, workers' compensation is a mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses.  In the state of Georgia, worker’s comp benefits are also available to the dependent spouse and minor children of an employee who suffered fatal injuries on the job.   If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, or for more information about worker’s compensation rights, contact Miranda N. Hanley at mhanley@smithwelchlaw.com or 770-389-4864. 

 

 

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