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Which injuries make up the construction industry’s Fatal Four?

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2021 | Construction Accidents |

Unfortunately, construction work, while a lucrative occupation, is also one of the most dangerous jobs you can undertake. Why? Because many of your tasks require you to work from roofs, scaffolding, tall ladders and other high places. As you might expect, falls represent an ever-present risk of injury and death. Nevertheless, other types of accidents likewise present fatal risks.

As reported by Construction Connect, OSHA’s Fatal Four list of the most common construction injuries resulting in death consists of the following:

  1. Falls
  2. Struck-by-objects accidents
  3. Electrocutions
  4. Caught-in and caught-between accidents

Falls

Accounting for 38.7% of nationwide construction fatalities falls represent your number one risk. Keep in mind that even a nonfatal fall can result in a debilitating injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.

Struck-by-objects

Accounting for 9.4% of nationwide construction fatalities, struck-by-object accidents rank second on the list. The objects in question are virtually limitless, but include such things as the following:

  • Flying debris
  • Falling tools
  • Swinging doors
  • Rolling machinery and equipment

Electrocutions

Accounting for 8.3% of nationwide construction fatalities, electrocutions rank third. Again, even non-fatal electrocution can result in extensive burns that likely will leave lasting disfiguring scars.

Caught-in and caught-between accidents

Finally, caught-in and caught-between accidents account for 7.3% of nationwide construction fatalities. As their name implies, these types of accidents occur when one or more of your body parts become wedged between two hard, unforgiving surfaces, such as elevators or other machinery mechanisms.

Given that these Fatal Four types of accidents account for 63.7% of nationwide construction fatalities each year, your greatest protection of becoming one of them consists of your constant vigilance regarding the hazards that surround you on the job. In addition, always wear the safety equipment your employer provides.