According to recent construction industry statistics, the rate of fatal construction injuries that occur in the workplace has been on the rise in the United States.
An Increase in Fatal Construction Injuries
According to construction accident statistics the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 775 people were killed by work injuries in the private construction sector in 2012. This represents an increase of 5 percent over the 731 fatal work injuries in 2011.
This increase in construction accident fatalities follows five consecutive years in which worker deaths were on the decline since peaking in 2006.
Construction workers are exposed to more workplace fatalities than employees in any other private industry. Of the 4175 worker fatalities that took place in the private sector in 2012, roughly 20 percent were caused by construction accidents.
Understanding the Construction Industry’s “Fatal Four” Causes of Worker Deaths
When it comes to understanding construction injuries in the United States, it’s important to know that there are four causes of worker deaths that account for about half of all construction worker fatalities. These workplace hazards are known in the industry as the “Fatal Four.”
- Struck by objects
- Caught in/between objects
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, preventing these types of accidents could more than 400 worker’s lives every year.
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