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What are some workplace accident and injury facts?

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2016 | Construction Accidents

If you’ve been hurt on the job or have lost a loved one to a workplace injury, it’s important to know the facts. If you can show that your employer was violating safety standards or that you were hurt because of negligence, your employer may be reviewed, monitored, or even fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. You can also seek workers’ compensation, so you can get the care you need or benefits required to take care of your family.

How many people are killed in construction accidents each day?

According to some statistics, two construction workers are killed each day due to work-related injuries within the United States. Those injuries could be things like slip and fall accidents, head injuries, or work-related illnesses.

In fact, one in five workplace fatalities take place in the construction industry.

What are the most common causes of workplace injuries and fatalities?

The top four reasons for fatal injuries include being hit by an object, falling, being electrocuted, or being caught between two or more objects. For instance, falls could take place if you are on an improper scaffolding arrangement, or you could be electrocuted due to the path of a ground being discontinued or missing. These kinds of hazards can normally be avoided or repaired before they lead to injuries.

What are some of the most common injuries?

Some of the most common injuries that take place include scarring, disfigurement, brain injuries, deafness, blindness, long-term impairment, spinal cord injuries, back or neck injuries, or amputated limbs. Death can result from many of these injuries.

Source: EHS Today, “Construction Accidents: The Risks, the Facts and the Repercussions [Infographic],” Sandy Smith, accessed April 12, 2016