According to OSHA, in 2013 the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 4,101 worker fatalities in private industry. Of those deaths, 828 were construction related – a full 20.2 percent of the total.
Although a variety of hazards exist on construction sites, 57.7 percent of fatal incidents are attributed to what is called “The Fatal Four,” the four most common types of construction deaths. The Fatal Four includes falls, struck-by object incidents, electrocutions, and caught-in/between accidents.
With so many deaths being attributed to just four types of hazards, OSHA and employers everywhere are working to lower these statistics. Addressing the causes and possible prevention of these major causes of injury and fatality can help keep construction workers safe.