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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



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