4,609 workers were killed on the job of a construction site in 2011. This is about 90 deaths per week or 13 deaths every single day. Construction site work injuries involving contractors accounted for 12% of all fatal work injuries in 2011. Construction work is considered to have the largest number of fatalities reported for any industry sector.
The leading causes of injuries on site are falls from height, motor vehicle crashes, excavation accidents, electrocution, machines, and being struck by falling objects. Some of the main health hazards on site are asbestos, solvents, noise, and manual handling activities.
Falls from heights is the leading cause of injury in the construction industry. The height limit where fall protected is required is not defined. It is any height that may result in injury from a fall. Protection is also required when the employee is at risk to falling onto dangerous equipment.
Construction sites should be very carefully monitored and maintained according to state and federal regulations to ensure that workers are safe and free from hazardous situations. If you have been injured on the job because of the site owner’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Contact us immediately.
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