Construction sites pose serious dangers for workers as well as those who are merely in the vicinity of the construction. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, almost 4,200 private industry workers were killed on the job in 2011. A significant portion, or 17 percent, stemmed from construction.
In the past four decades, OSHA and its state partners have made dramatic strides in reducing the number of injuries and fatalities experienced by U.S. workers. OSHA notes that:
Workplace fatalities have dropped by 65 percent since 1970.
Occupational injuries and illnesses have been reduced by 67 percent.
In 1970, 38 workers died each day. In 2011, that statistic dropped to 13 workers per day.
OSHA also publishes a wealth of resources designed to help industry employers and workers identify eliminate construction hazards. Employers who fail to meet OSHA and state law requirements are putting their workers and those close to construction sites at grave risk.
Although the construction industry comprises a wide variety of activities, OSHA has identified the industry’s “Fatal Four” categories, which were responsible for 56 percent of construction worker fatalities in 2011:
Falls: account for 35 percent of total deaths
Electrocutions: account for 9 percent of total deaths
Struck by Object: account for 10 percent of total deaths
Caught-in/between: account for 2 percent of total deaths
Some of the top 10 most frequently violated OSHA standards in 2012 were related to falls, specifically- fall protection, scaffolding, and ladders. It is common for people who are passing by construction sites, often on the sidewalk, to be injured by falling debris or flying particles.
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