The Occupational Safety and Health Administration heavily promotes training for what it identifies as the most common factors in construction worker fatalities.
Certainly any construction worker in Pennsylvania knows that theirs is a dangerous industry. But, what construction workers and their families alike should know is exactly where those dangers are most likely to come from. Equally important is an awareness of safety training and regulations and how to get help if a jobsite accident does occur.
Four risks identified as primary causes of death
Click Safety is a company that provides safety training for the construction industry. It explains that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration data shows that 60 percent of all deaths on construction sites can be attributed to one of four factors. These include falls, electrocutions , being struck by objects or being trapped in or between things.
In looking beyond the world of the construction industry, OSHA indicates that nearly 20 percent of all work-related fatalities in 2014 occurred in the construction industry. Of those, falls were said to be involved in close to 40 percent of deaths.
Training targets top hazard areas
OSHA has actually labelled the top four causes of construction worker deaths as the fatal four. They are also sometimes called the focus four as these are areas in which dedicated focus is a must. Training often focuses heavily on safety in these areas.
Training on the focus four areas can include guard rail safety, special courses on fall prevention for ladders or scaffolds and more.
Local incidents show the risk to Pennsylvania workers
Lest anyone adopt the “it won’t happen to me” attitude, it is important to know that, sadly, construction workers in Pennsylvania can and do die when safety is not given the priority it deserves.
Equipment World reported on an incident in which workers were repairing a guardrail along a stretch of Route 22 in Washington County. As one worker stood along a part of the road, one of his colleagues in a vehicle backed over him. The man who died is said to have been in the vehicle’s blind spot. Training is supposed to educate workers about these locations.
Lehigh Valley Live provided details on an accident in Allen Township that claimed the life of a 39-year-old construction worker. The man is said to have become trapped in a digging machine. Details of how he came to be trapped are not known.
Legal help after a workplace accident is a must
Construction companies should be responsible for the safety of their workers. This includes everything from training to ensuring compliance with procedures while on the job and more. When Pennsylvania families experience the injury or death of a loved one in a construction site accident, it is important to talk with an attorney to learn what options may exist to seek compensation.