Construction work can be extremely hazardous. Every day, these workers expose themselves to danger in order to construct structures that are essential to modern life. Due to the nature of construction work, when accidents occur, the stakes can be significantly higher.
OSHA’s Fatal Four to Watch For on Construction Sites
The OSHA fatal four dangers account for approximately two-thirds of construction-related fatalities. Each is discussed in detail below.
Falls are the leading cause of fatalities on construction sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a fall hazard as anything on the job site that could cause a worker to lose their balance and fall.
Typically, these accidents occur when there are unprotected sides or holes on the job site. They can also occur when cranes, ladders, roofs, scaffolding, and other large construction equipment are utilised.
For instance, a flimsy scaffold could collapse under the weight of workers and equipment, resulting in severe injuries. Alternatively, a worker could enter a roof opening where a skylight was to be installed and fall to the level below.
This category refers to accidents in which a worker is entrapped by machinery or other objects. In the event of a cave-in, trenches and excavation sites are also susceptible.
A worker’s arm or leg being pulled into an unguarded piece of machinery is an example of a caught-in or caught-between accident. Additionally, fatalities may occur if a piece of equipment is not properly locked or if a heavy piece of machinery tips or falls over.
These injuries are caused when a worker is struck by a falling object. Consider a worker who is transporting bricks in a bucket to the top of a structure. If the bucket tips and bricks spill out, there is a high likelihood that they will strike another worker.
A second instance is when a worker operating a crane drops an object, which then falls on another worker.
Construction workers are exposed to a very serious hazard when exposed to electricity. In addition to electrocution, the risk includes electric shock-related burns and fires caused by faulty wiring and outlets.
This type of accident would occur if, while moving an aluminium ladder, workers accidentally made contact with overhead power lines and were electrocuted. Or if a worker is electrocuted while connecting a service box to an electrical source.
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