Every year, over 4,000 construction workers die in tragic, avoidable workplace accidents. That comes out to be around 93 people per week.
That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure your workers are safe and secure at the site.
Proper insurance is the best thing you can do for your workers (and yourself) but you’ll also need to know what to avoid.
Dubbed The Fatal Four, these four types of construction accidents are more dangerous than the rest.
Ready to learn more about these accidents and how you can avoid them? Read on and keep your crew safe.
Construction Accidents: Avoid These Fatal Four
Falls are at the forefront of this list for a reason. They’re the #1 cause of death on a construction site. That means it’s more important than ever to make sure your harnesses are safe and secure.
Companies can avoid paying out thousands of dollars in worker’s compensation fees by doing a bit of planning.
What equipment is necessary for the job? Sites involving heights are riskier than simple jobs. That means you’ll need to come prepared with the proper equipment.
Be it ladders, scaffolds, or a harness, your equipment is as important as your crew.
It’s recommended that a harness is provided to any worker more than 6 feet off the ground.
2. Struck By Object
Of course, you’re going to need to look out for more than just workers. The second biggest cause of construction worker death is getting struck by an object.
And it extends far beyond what you may think, too. Objects aren’t just your standard everyday construction fare.
In fact, it’s not uncommon for construction workers to find themselves struck by a vehicle.
If you’re working on a multi-level project, be sure that someone is looking out for the materials. Even one wrong move can prove disastrous for your business and your crew.
All you have to do is search ‘construction objects falling’ and see how common it is for stray objects to fall.
Of course, there’s a chance that your crew will be working near dangerous wiring. Be it an exposed power line or just improperly installed wiring, this can pose a threat to your safety.
While most wiring provides its own insulation to prevent shock, you’ll need to play it safe.
If you or your crew find yourselves near exposed wiring, make sure you have the proper equipment. Wear thick gloves with rubber insulation.
You’ll also want to make sure that your crew has a circuit interrupter on hand. These handy tools make it easy to stop flowing circuits.
4. Caught In-Between Objects
The last of the Fatal Four is perhaps the most gruesome. For those working in an excavation site or near large equipment, pay attention — it just may save your life.
An in-between accident can be anything from a cave-in to being sucked into heavy machinery.
While we tend to think of a cave-in as taking place deep within a mine, it only needs to be 5 feet or more for disaster to strike. Debris may fall in and land onto a worker causing them to suffocate.
Equip your crew with hard hats, oxygen masks, and tanks (if necessary), and always have a supervisor on hand.
Play it safe next time you’re at a construction site. Construction accidents are all too common. But by knowing how to avoid these Fatal Four, you’ll keep yourself and your crew safe.