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What causes accidents on construction sites? 


When employers put costs and work schedules ahead of worker safety, accidents happen, especially when an employer pushes their employees to complete a job as quickly and for the lowest cost possible. When safety precautions are pushed to the wayside, serious injuries and fatalities are possible. 

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Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents

Most employers are required to abide by the rules and regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When employers fail in the duty of care that they owe to their employees, construction workers are put in danger. 

The most common cause of construction site accidents includes the following: 
  • Lack of fall protection for workers on elevated structures
  • Lack of protection for people on the ground from falling objects
  • Tripping hazards from construction materials and debris
  • Missing guards or protections on power tools
  • Unsafe equipment
  • Lack of safety precautions when working near power lines
  • Lack of protection for workers in trenches
  • Unsafe property conditions 

According to OSHA, whose employees complete over 32,000 worksite inspections every year, the four most common types of construction site accidents include what they dub, “The Fatal Four”. Across all the inspections, these four types of accidents continue to be the most common and fatal accidents they see.

The Fatal Four include:
  1. Falls – Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry and are most often caused by unprotected walls, side openings, and floor holes, improper scaffold construction, unguarded exposed rebar, and misuse of portable ladders.
  2. Struck-by-Struck – by injuries are caused by vehicles, falling objects, and in the process of building walls.
  3. Electrocution – Contact with power lines, issues with ground-fault protection, and improper use of equipment make electrocutions a serious cause of injury and death on construction sites.
  4. Caught-in-between – These types of accidents are typically caused by the lack of protective systems, failure to inspect trench and protective systems, unsafe spoil-pile placement, and unsafe access/egress in excavation/trenching construction. 

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