In 2017, 5,147 Americans were
killed on the job — an average of 14 deaths each day. Construction workers
account for more than 20% of these fatalities. OSHA estimates that
eliminating the Fatal Four jobsite
hazards could save the lives of 508 workers each year and prevent countless
According to OSHA (the
Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the most
common causes of construction work
injury, known as the “Fatal Four,” account for nearly 60% of construction
worker injuries. The “Fatal Four” are:
Falls: Falls are the most common type of injury
sustained by construction workers. As of 2017, fatal falls accounted for 39.2%
of all construction workplace deaths. Despite the prevalence of fall-related
injuries, many construction sites remain improperly equipped for worker safety.
Struck by Object: In 2017, nearly 8% of construction site fatalities resulted when a
worker was struck by an object on the job, makingstruck-by-object cases the second leading cause of worksite
deaths. These incidents include injury by falling objects (e.g., suspended
loads); flying objects (tools, debris); swinging loads; and rolling (vehicles
or heavy machinery).
Electrical hazards cause more than 4,000 worker injuries and 300 deaths per
year. Of the “Fatal Four,” electrical injuries are the most easily prevented
when appropriate safety measures are taken by both employers and employees.
Caught In or Between Equipment or Objects: The fourth leading cause of worksite injury involves
accidents in which a worker is caught, squeezed, or crushed between two or more
objects, and may involve collapsing materials, equipment rollovers, or body
parts being pulled into machinery.
The Construction and Workplace Accident lawyers at Feldman Shepherd represent employees
injured in construction accidents caused by the carelessness or recklessness of
all culpable parties at a job site
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