19 Dec THE “FATAL 4” CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS
Posted By Gruenberg Kelly Della || 19-Dec-2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) keeps track of all data related to worker safety, injury, and fatality. According to the data collected in 2015, there are 4 primary accidents causing the highest death rates among construction workers. These accidents are known as the “Fatal 4.”
The Fatal 4 include the following types of accidents:
- Struck by object
- Caught-in / between
Out of the 4,379 deaths in private industry that year, 21.4% were in construction—about 1 in 5 deaths. The Fatal 4 were responsible for more than half of these construction deaths (64.2%). OSHA estimates eliminating the Fatal 4 would save 602 American workers’ lives every year.
While OSHA offers training focusing on how to eliminate the Fatal 4, it’s up to each employer in the industry to take the course or provide the course for their managers. Likewise, part of prevention includes having proper protections in place. For example, falls can be prevented with guard rails and toe-boards around every elevated open sided platform, floor, and runway. Safety harnesses can also be used in case workers might fall from a great height.
If you or a loved one were harmed by negligent construction practices, don’t hesitate to give our skilled Long Island construction accident lawyers a call. Gruenberg Kelly Della is dedicated to helping the victims of negligence seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Over the course of our history, we have recovered more than $100 million for our past clients. Let us see what we can do for you.
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