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"Fatal four" hazards on construction sites

There's no denying that construction work is dangerous. If workers know how to protect themselves from the most dangerous aspects of their work, they have a better chance of staying safe.

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), there are four main causes of construction worker deaths:

  • Falls
  • Electrocution
  • Being struck by objects
  • Getting caught between two objects or in machinery

Called the "fatal four," these hazards caused nearly 60 percent of construction worker deaths in 2014.

While workers can't avoid every situation that involves these hazards, they can take steps to keep themselves safe:

  • All equipment should be inspected for safety before use. Worn or broken equipment should not be used.
  • Safety equipment and procedures should be provided and in place at each jobsite.
  • When working on roofs, ladders or scaffolds, or near holes and openings, workers should have the right equipment for the job, safety harnesses, and guardrails, covers and lifelines.
  • Be safe around electrical hazards by staying at least 10 feet away from overhead wires. Do not operate electrical tools in wet conditions or standing water. Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) and intact power cords. Know how to operate all tools and equipment.
  • To avoid being struck by objects, wear a hard hat and safety glasses. Stay clear of overhead, suspended and moving loads. Secure materials and loads safely. Be careful around heavy equipment: approach it from the front and only when it is not moving.
  • Protect yourself from caught-in/between accidents by knowing which hazards exist on the jobsite. Use extreme caution around heavy equipment and machinery with moving parts. Make sure you have the right safety equipment and personal protective equipment. Stay away from equipment you are not operating and be aware of its swing radius. Keep a distance from moving loads.

If you are injured or lose a family member in an accident on a construction site, protect your rights by speaking with a lawyer. We are experienced with construction injuries. Tell us about your accident and we will explain your rights and options.

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