Data Shows Four Types of Mishaps Most Often Tied to Construction Accident
It’s well-known that construction sites are among the most dangerous places in the world to work. Statistics gathered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that the vast majority of construction site accidents involve four specific types of events:
- Falls from heights
- Falling objects
- Electrocution or exposure to electrical current
- Caught-between accidents
In a study conducted in 2015, OSHA found that nearly two-thirds (64%) of deaths on construction sites were tied to the above types of accidents.
Of the 874 documented deaths on U.S. construction sites in 2015, 349 (40%)resulted from falls from heights. Those accidents included falls from ladders and scaffolding, upper levels on high-rise projects and falls from construction equipment, including cranes, buckets, harnesses, lifts and cherry pickers. A study of OSHA violations during the same period found that the most frequent citations issued involved:
- A failure to oversee the assembly or erection of scaffolding
- Failure to maintain scaffolding or ladders
- Failure to install or provide appropriate fall protection, including rails, barriers or other measures
The OSHA report found that electrocutions (74) and falling objects (73) contributed essentially equally to the number of construction site fatalities. Workers who died because of electrocution either came into contact with overhead power lines or touched unprotected live wires on a site. The common falling objects that caused death included building materials, tools, jobsite debris and construction equipment.
Caught-between accidents involve situations where a worker is crushed between jobsite equipment and some other object. They accounted for 12 deaths in 2015.
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