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3 leading causes of construction-worker fatalities

It is no secret that being a construction worker is hard work. Not only is this a physically taxing job that requires skill, but it also comes with a lot of risks. Those in the construction industry face a variety of hazards that can cause serious injuries and even death. Whether you or a loved one works in this industry, it is helpful to stay informed about the leading causes of death for these workers.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the following are the three most common fatal accidents in construction.

1. Falls

The most common cause of fatalities for construction workers is by falling. Construction workers frequently must perform duties at high elevations. Whether it is a single-family home or a fifty-floor skyscraper, falling from these heights can be fatal. Serious injuries from falls that lead to death include broken necks, spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injuries.

2. Electrocution

Construction workers commonly use electrical equipment to fulfill their job responsibilities, and improper safety standards can lead to terrible accidents. Circumstances that can cause electrocution include simply plugging in a power tool into an outlet near water, using a faulty piece of equipment or not wearing protective clothing.

3. Struck by objects

Construction sites are full of hazards that may fall and injure a worker. A suspended load could come loose and crash down. A brick or piece of rubble may be dislodged from a wall under construction. Sometimes other workers are careless and throw objects. These circumstances can be especially dangerous if the worker who is struck is not wearing a hard hat, safety glasses or goggles.

These are just three causes of fatal accidents at construction sites. There are many other risks and hazards involved in the construction industry that must be mitigated. If you or someone you know is a construction worker, make sure you are aware of potential hazards.


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