What are some of the common causes of accidents on a construction site?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the construction industry has a list of construction’s “fatal four” accidents. These accidents account for 57.7 percent of all accidents in the construction industry.
In order of severity they are:
- Falls – falling due to missing rails, faulty stairs or faulty scaffolding
- Being hit by an object – workers hit by equipment, power tools, materials and/or vehicles
- Electrocutions – death due to improperly maintained electrical system, a system not installed correctly, a system too close to water hazards or a vehicle hitting power lines
- Being caught in between objects – workers hit by moving vehicles/equipment while caught against another piece of equipment, another vehicle, a wall or the ground