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What are the “fatal four” of construction injuries?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

The construction business is booming – particularly in Texas. A report by the Associated General Contractors of America says that Texas is among the states leading the nation when it comes to construction job growth.

That means that a lot of new and inexperienced workers may soon be starting construction jobs – and many of them are unprepared for the biggest four dangers all construction workers face:

1. Falls: All it takes is a misplaced step

Falls from heights are a persistent threat in the construction industry. Whether working on scaffolding, roofs or elevated platforms, the risk of a worker plummeting to the ground is always present. Safety measures like guardrails, personal fall arrest systems and proper training are crucial to counteract this danger. Regular inspections of fall protection equipment can also ensure its reliability.

2. Stuck-by object injuries: Danger from above and all around

The “struck-by object” hazard underscores the importance of vigilance on construction sites. Workers can be struck by anything from falling tools to swinging machinery. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), like hard hats, and using safety zones can significantly reduce the risk of being struck by objects. Adequate training in equipment operation and signaling protocols can also help.

3. Caught-in or between: Crushing threats

The “caught-in/between” category includes any accidents where workers are trapped, crushed or caught by heavy machinery or collapsing structures. Trench collapses, unguarded machinery and equipment malfunctions can lead to catastrophic outcomes. On-site safety measures are critical to limiting these kinds of accidents.

4. Electrocutions: A hidden danger

Electrocutions are an ever-present danger on construction sites. Inadequate insulation, faulty equipment or accidental contact with live wires can lead to fatal consequences. Strict adherence to electrical safety standards, regular inspections and proper training are all essential to mitigate the risks to workers.

If you’re a worker who is injured in one of these catastrophic accidents or your loved one is killed, you need the benefits workers’ compensation offers. Legal guidance can help.