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How can I avoid the “Fatal Four” construction accidents?

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2019 | Workers' Compensation


Working a construction job involves many risks. There’s a reason jobsites require you to wear a hard hat and gloves. When you are working with heavy machinery, standing on scaffolding, and climbing tall ladders, there are many types of injuries that may occur.

Despite all the dangers, there are four types of accidents that cause the majority of construction worker deaths.

What are the most common dangers?

Hundreds of construction workers die every year, and the Fatal Four cause over half of those deaths. The top four hazards to watch out for are:

  • Falling from great heights
  • Being struck by an object
  • Getting electrocuted
  • Being caught in-between or crushed by an object

Since you spend so much time around great heights and dangerous machinery, you need to be prepared for all four of these dangers.

What should you do to stay safe?

It would be hard to avoid climbing ladders or handling power tools in your construction work. Therefore, you should focus on working as safely as possible by:

  • Wearing all of your safety gear at all times
  • Watching for power lines when operating large machines
  • Making sure ladders are stable and secure before climbing
  • Never standing in between a moving machine and a fixed structure
  • Making sure scaffolding is sturdy and has guardrails
  • Being aware of your surroundings

The risk of getting hurt is always present when you work in the construction industry. If you are involved in any type of injury, you could face huge medical bills and lost wages. An experienced worker’s compensation attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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