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Construction: The Most Dangerous Industry by the Numbers


By the numbers, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous places for workers. According to data provided by OSHA, one in every five workplace fatalities reported nationwide is in the construction industry. OSHA has extensive standards for controlling contractors and subcontractors who provide labor for the construction industry, and it’s because they’re trying to change those numbers.

So What Are The Most Common Construction Jobsite Hazards?
OSHA’s construction eTool provides excellent info specific to the four most common ways workers are exposed to hazards on the construction site and specific scenarios where injury or death is most likely to occur.

Electrical Incidents
  • Contact with Power Lines
  • Lack of Ground-fault Protection
  • Path to Ground Missing or Discontinuous
  • Equipment Not Used in Manner Prescribed
  • Improper Use of Extension and Flexible Cords
  • Unprotected Sides, Wall Openings, and Floor Holes
  • Improper Scaffold Construction
  • Unguarded Protruding Steel Rebars
  • Misuse of Portable Ladders
Struck-by Hazards
  • Vehicles
  • Falling/Flying Objects
  • Constructing Masonry Walls
Trenching And Excavating
  • No Protective System
  • Failure to Inspect Trench and Protective Systems
  • Unsafe Spoil-Pile Placement
  • Unsafe Access/Egress

The construction industry is a dangerous one to work in, but it doesn’t have to be. As companies implement safety plans and careful monitoring of onsite compliance with OSHA standards, we can see those numbers go down. That’s why we do what we do. If you have questions about how your construction company can benefit from creating a safety plan and onsite monitoring, feel free to give us a call at 864.905.7835.

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