It’s no surprise that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries for workers in the US. In 2013, the most recent year in which complete data is available, the Bureau of Labor And Statistics reported that over 20% of total workplace fatalities occurred in construction. Of the 828 construction-related fatalities for 2013, the “Fatal Four” were responsible for nearly 60% of deaths.
The “Fatal Four” are falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
The “Fatal Four” By The Numbers
- Falls — 302 (36.5%)
- Struck by Object — 84 (10.1%)
- Electrocutions — 71 (8.6%)
- Caught-in/between — 21 (2.5%)
If “Fatal Four” deaths were eliminated, 478 lives would have been preserved in 2013 alone. The statistics are staggering and point to the need for the creation and implementation of construction site safety plans and an increased focus on worker training programs.
The reality is that construction site injuries and deaths are completely preventable. Workers in the construction industry deserve a safe place to make their livelihood. Contractors and subcontractors both have legal obligations to ensure their safety. The “Fatal Four” don’t have to continue to haunt the construction industry year after year.
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