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Understand the “Fatal 4” to prevent accidents

| Jun 8, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

A safe workplace is important for all workers, including those in the construction industry. Construction companies need to work to providing protocol and safety equipment that help reduce the risk of four specific hazards that are so dangerous that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has dubbed them the “Fatal Four.”

These four types of accidents combined cause more than half of the deaths in this industry, so reducing them can save lives. Because they can occur without causing death, reducing these occurring can also prevent some injuries, which is also important.

The most dangerous type of accident that occurs is falls. These account for 36.5% of all deaths in this industry. Training workers on proper techniques and providing appropriate fall arrest devices can reduce the risk of these occurring.

Being struck by objects causes 10.1% of fatalities in construction. These accidents include being hit by things that are swinging or that fall. Being struck by a vehicle or a piece of equipment is also in this category.

Electrocutions are the third most common cause of deaths in this industry. This is the reason behind 8.6% of fatalities. Teaching workers to use proper precautions around overhead lines and ensuring that all equipment is in good condition can help stop these accidents.

Workers who suffer injuries in these accidents need to ensure they get the medical care they need. They can file for workers’ compensation to get those bills paid for, and they may qualify for other benefits. In some instances, claims are wrongfully denied, which can trigger the need for an appeal. Having an attorney assist with this is beneficial.