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Reviewing common causes of fatal construction accidents

While every industry presents on-the-job hazards that workers have to keep an eye out for, construction is particularly dangerous. Sadly, in Erie, and other cities throughout Pennsylvania, a shocking number of construction workers have lost their lives in deadly workplace accidents, some of which were preventable. Furthermore, these deaths often have a significant impact on the lives of their loved ones, leaving them with emotional trauma and other hardships, such as financial problems. For construction workers, contractors and everyone involved in the construction industry, understanding the common causes of deadly construction accidents is paramount.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the four major causes of construction accidents that plague the industry are falling, being electrocuted, being hit by an object and being caught-in or between. In fact, these causes accounted for 58 percent of construction worker fatalities in 2014. During 2014, more than 4,200 private industry workers passed away in an on-the-job accident and 874 of them (one out of five) worked in construction.

From repetitive stress to falling down on a slippery floor, workers in all fields face threats. However, construction workers should consider the particularly dangerous nature of their line of work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also covers the dangers construction workers face. The CDC reports that in 2009, construction workers employed in the private sector were almost three times more likely to suffer a fatal work-related injury than all other workers in the U.S. Clearly, the construction industry presents hazards that employers and employees should aim to avoid.

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