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What is the leading cause of death in construction?

Construction is considered one the most dangerous job categories in the country. In Erie, Pennsylvania, local readers are familiar with stories about injured construction workers. Some of them suffered severe injuries that prevented them from going to work for a couple of months or until their injuries healed. If you are a construction worker, you have to understand that the nature of your work may be quite risky and one good way for you to avoid construction accidents is to learn more about their common causes.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls were the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry in 2013. There are three ways to prevent falls: plan, provide and train. If you are going to work in high places, you employer has to create a plan that will ensure your safety. The use of safety equipment such as a harness can help you complete your task while minimizing the risk of getting involved in an accident. By planning ahead, construction accidents such as falls can be prevented.

The second step in preventing construction accidents is to provide the right equipment. Proper equipment such as safety gear, scaffolds and ladders must be provided in order to ensure the safety of workers. Scaffolds and other safety equipment should be appropriate for the job. If you are working with a safety harness, it should be inspected regularly to ensure that it is in good condition.

Lastly, it is important for you to receive proper training on how to use safety equipment. For example, a safety harness is useless if workers do not know how to use it. Employers should provide proper training to all employees so that workers will know how to assess danger and address it properly.

If you were in a construction accident and you suffered injuries as a result, you may be eligible to obtain benefits through workers' compensation.

Source:, "Welcome to OSHA's fall prevention campaign," accessed on Oct. 2, 2014

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