Since 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has
partnered with employers, health and safety professionals, and other advocates
as a means of creating safe and functional workplaces. Over the years,
injury and death rates in the workplace have decreased tremendously. Nonetheless,
many workplace injuries and fatalities occur every day. In fact, OSHA
reports that there are over 12 work-related deaths throughout the country
every day, on average.
In 2014, 4,821 workers were killed on the job, according to statistics
from OSHA. Unfortunately, a large percentage of these fatalities involved
workers in the construction industry, as numerous hazards exist on construction
sites. The most common causes of death in the construction industry, known
as the Fatal Four, include:
Falls: Roughly 36.5% of all deaths in the workplace occurred due to employees
falling. This includes workers who have fallen off ladders, roofs, scaffolding,
large skyscraper construction areas, etc.
Struck by an Object: An estimated 10.1% of deaths occurred due to swinging, falling, or misplaced objects.
Electrocutions: About 8.6% of employees died due to electrocution. Workers face a number
of electrocution risks on construction site such as exposed wiring, wet
conditions while outlets are exposed, etc.
Caught-in or Caught-between: Employees caught in or between machines, devices, or tools causing death
accounted for about 2.5% of deaths.
Although OSHA posts and attempts to regulate health and safety standards
in all workplaces, on-the-job fatalities and safety issues remain a constant
concern, especially in the construction industry. In fact, if the Fatal
Four were entirely eliminated, approximately 545 American workers’
lives would be saved each year. For this reason, it is important employees
remain aware of their surroundings, ensuring that they take proper precautions
at all times. It is also important that employees notify employers if
they suspect something is unhealthy or hazardous in their work zones.
Regardless of the causes, employee well-being should be the top priority
in any workplace. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed
while on the job, our legal team at The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC is here
to guide you through this difficult time. Allow our team to protect your
rights and help you and your loved ones secure the compensation you need.
Contact us today to discuss your case with an Alexandria injury lawyer from our firm.