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Top Causes of Construction Fatalities

Top Causes of Construction Fatalities According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the top causes of construction fatalities are:

  • Falls
  • Struck-by accidents
  • Caught-in and caught-between accidents
  • Electrocution

In Dallas and nationwide, these events cause more construction worker deaths than all others. They are so dangerous that there are very specific rules and regulations about the prevention of these types of accidents.

While your employer is responsible for keeping you safe on the job site, it is also up to you to protect yourself from injury. The following list was created by OSHA to help employers and workers avoid the top causes of deaths on construction sites:

Preventing Falls

  • Wear personal fall arrest equipment
  • Ensure that perimeter protection is installed and maintained
  • Cover, secure and label floor openings and floor opening covers
  • Use proper ladder and scaffold safety procedures

Preventing Struck-By Accidents

  • Be aware of moving objects (e.g. backhoes and forklifts) and fixed objects (e.g. walls and scaffolding) and never position yourself between the two
  • When working near vehicles and equipment always wear high-visibility clothing

Preventing Caught-in and Caught-Between Accidents

  • When entering a trench or excavation make sure that a protective system is in place
  • Ensure that the trench or excavation is protected by either sloping, shoring, benching or trench shield systems

Preventing Electrocution Accidents

  • Before starting work, locate and identify all utilities
  • When operating equipment, watch out for overhead power lines
  • Maintain a safe distance from any power lines
  • Ensure that all electric tools are grounded or double insulated
  • Always use ground-fault circuit interrupters
  • Be aware of all electrical hazards when working on or around ladders, scaffolding or other platforms

Working with your crew and your boss, there are many ways to avoid a serious construction site accident. If, despite your best efforts, you are hurt during an accident on a Dallas construction site, get the help you need. Call 877.290.1382 to make your free appointment with a Dallas construction fatality lawyer who has helped construction workers and their families get the compensation they deserve. Do not wait, call today.