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What is the most common accident in construction? 

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Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.

Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Each time a construction worker steps foot on the worksite, they face a variety of hazards that put them at-risk for serious injuries and fatalities. However, some construction site accidents are more common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are four top causes of construction site accidents and deaths, which they have dubbed the “Fatal Four”. 

The “Fatal Four” include:

  1. Falls – Construction workers often work in high places, including scaffolding, ladders, and on roofs. Falls account for approximately 34% of all work-related fatalities among construction workers.
  2. Electrocution – In addition to working in high places, construction workers are often working around exposed wires, power lines, and unfinished electrical systems. Coming into contact with these items can result in anything from mild shocks to full, and deadly, electrocution.
  3. Falling objects – Any construction site that has multiple levels, or uses heavy equipment moving objects overhead, puts workers at risk for falling tools, debris, and building materials.
  4. Being caught in/between – These types of accidents involve a worker, or their body parts, being caught, crushed, squeezed, compressed, or pinched between two objects. This can include trench collapses, getting pinned between heavy machinery, body parts being caught in the moving areas of an unguarded piece of machinery, and equipment rollovers. 

Other types of common construction accidents include:

  • Slip and falls;
  • Ladder accidents;
  • Scaffolding accidents;
  • Power tool and machinery accidents;
  • Vehicle accidents.

While construction sites are dangerous, many of the accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented through common sense and by both employers and employees following the regulations that OSHA has enacted.

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If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, an experienced personal injury lawyer can review your claim and determine if there were unsafe working conditions, potential OSHA violations, and other hazards that may have existed at the time of your accident. They will also determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages and what compensation you may be entitled to.

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