As you review the previous posts on this blog related to construction site accidents, you may start to notice a trend. While the construction industry ranks among the top professions in terms of the volume of accidents reported in Connecticut (and through the rest of the U.S., for that matter), most are often traced back to a relatively few numbers of causes.
This may serve to highlight some disturbing trends within the industry. You might assume that knowing the common causes of worksite accidents would help employers be better prepared to protect you and your co-workers from them. Yet statistics imply that may not be the case.
Examining the common causes of construction site accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, roughly 60% of all of the workplace fatalities reported specifically by the construction industry are due to four common causes. Dubbed by workplace safety officials as “the Fatal Four,” these include:
- Falls from heights
- Struck-by incidents
- Crush injuries
In the context of a construction site accident, a crush injury refers to one becoming caught and pulled into heavy equipment, or becoming caught underneath materials or in-between work surfaces.
Reviewing OSHA safety citation figures
Yet what is most alarming about the Fatal Four is not necessarily the prevalence of such injuries, but rather the fact that statistics seem to show that construction industry employers are not aware of the threats they pose (or worse yet, are indifferent to them). Indeed, a review of the most common safety citations issued to construction employers by OSHA shows that risks related to the Fatal Four typically rank among the top 10.
If your employer is not doing its part to safeguard you and your fellow workers from them, you could argue that constitutes negligence.