How to Prevent OSHA’s Fatal Four Construction Hazards
Construction can be a hazardous line of work. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, construction accidents accounted for the second highest rate of job-related fatalities in 2020.
Working in construction is not only physically exhausting, but your life and well-being is continuously on the line. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has outlined a “Focus Four” that contributes to a majority of construction accidents or related deaths.
- Fall Accidents – This is the most common construction-related injury. Employees working from heights of six feet or above are at greater risk of a fall. OSHA recommends taking several precautions, including covering and securing floor openings as well as understanding ladders and how to use them safely.
- Struck by object – This is the second most common cause of death within the construction industry. It may refer to individuals struck by an object such as a vehicle or equipment. OSHA recommends never positioning yourself between moving or fixed objects, as well as wearing high-visible clothes (like orange and yellow)
- Electrocutions – Individuals that were fatally injured due to direct or indirect contact with electricity accounted for the third highest amount of construction industry deaths. Tips for preventing such accidents include: locating overhead power lines, maintaining a safe distance from power lines, not operating portable electric tools unless they are grounded or double insulated, and using ground-fault circuit interrupters for protection
- Stuck in between objects – Construction workers getting caught in or stuck between objects accounted for a large amount of deaths in the construction industry. This is defined as an injury in which a person or a part of a person’s body is caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, or is caught in or crushed by collapsing materials.
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident, you deserve help. With mounting medical bills and physical pain, you may find yourself at a crossroads. That’s where the construction accident lawyers at C&B Law Group come in to help.
Common injuries from a construction work accident can include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Loss of hearing
Our Los Angeles construction accident attorneys understand the despair you are going through after your injury. The physical and mental pain can be exhausting. Let us guide you through the process. Our LA lawyers are invested in you, and seek to get you maximum compensation. From beginning to end, we can help you with your workers’ compensation claim.
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