The hard-working men and women in the construction industry have built this country. Construction workers grab their hard hats, lunches, and kiss their families goodbye and head off to job sites with hazardous working conditions.
Some construction industry dangers are more common than others — and it’s not just construction workers who can be hurt or killed. Read on to learn more.
What are OSHA’s “fatal four” accidents in construction?
OSHA has categorized construction accidents into four distinct categories:
- Caught in-between objects: being caught between machinery and immovable objects, excavation cave-ins, being pulled into unguarded equipment, etc.
- Electrocution: Coming into contact with high-voltage
- Struck-by objects: Forcibly impacted by flying or falling objects
- Falls: Falling from either high or low heights
Even if a worksite abides by all regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the nature of construction poses risks to workers and citizens that are in the vicinity of a construction site.
For example, on April 26th, 2021, ABC7 news reported a construction-related accident involving a crane that toppled over and fell on top of a home in Rancho Palos Verdes. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported, but significant damage was inflicted upon the home. This is just one example of how construction sites not only put workers at risk but also the community at large. Any of the above “fatal four” can happen to normal citizens that live, work, or travel near construction sites.
Whether you are a construction worker or an innocent bystander that was injured in a construction accident, it is imperative to have sound legal counsel that is experienced in personal injuries as a result of construction accidents.