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A closer look at common construction site accidents

Construction workers face unique risks in an industry that requires heavy machinery and powerful tools along with exposure to heights and other dangers, to get a job done. While many Minnesota construction companies do their best to adhere to designated safety protocols and procedures, the chance of an on-site accident is always present.

Stories in the news about construction accidents are not uncommon. In fact, according to the Inforum, a recent construction accident claimed the life of a man in East Grand Forks. The worker was employed by a contractor and was working on building a new home at the time of the accident. Investigations concluded that the man landed on concrete after falling nearly 10 feet from the garage rafters. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the fall.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are four primary types of accidents that occur on construction sites. These include the following:

  • Falling from something: 38.8 percent
  • Hit by an object: 9.6 percent
  • Electrocution: 8.6 percent
  • Caught in, crushed or compressed by something (equipment, debris or machinery): 7.2 percent

Statistics show that these four types of accidents alone, account for nearly 65 percent of all construction injuries or deaths. In the year 2015, worker deaths in private industries reached 4,379. Out of those fatalities, 21.4 percent or 937 deaths, were related to construction. Approximately 602 workers would escape serious harm or death each year if the four primary causes of construction accidents listed above, were eliminated completely. 

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