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TOPIC: Workplace-safety-trends-in-construction

The Fatal Four: Keys to Prevent Construction Deaths


According to OSHA, the leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, struck-by-object, electrocutions and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than 64% of the construction deaths in 2015.

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Watch Out: Tips to Prevent Struck-By Injuries


OSHA previously identified the four most dangerous job site hazards for construction workers and they are falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and being caught in/between hazards. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for 58% of all fatalities on construction sites in 2014.

For this blog post, we’d like to zero in on struck-by injuries, which include objects that are falling, flying, swinging or rolling. In any of these scenarios, a worker is stripped of their ability to see these objects coming towards them with enough time to react and move out of the way. Struck-by injuries are the second highest cause of fatalities among construction workers.

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Don't Get Stuck: 12 Ways to Prevent Caught In/Between Injuries


OSHA previously identified the four most dangerous job site hazards for construction workers and they are falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and being caught in/between hazards. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for 58% of all fatalities on construction sites in 2014.

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Top 4 Causes of Construction Deaths: Steps to Prevent These Tragedies

According to OSHA, the leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, electrocution, struck-by-object and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than 58% of the construction deaths in 2014.

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Workplace Safety Trends in Construction: Preventing Sprains & Strains

In our last post, we talked about how to prevent falls, which are the number one cause of fatalities in construction. But falls aren’t the only workplace danger. Each year in the U.S., 31,000 construction workers seek medical attention due to sprains and strains suffered on the job.

In this post, we are addressing how to avoid sprains and strains in construction. This topic addresses injuries caused by lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, bending and other common construction labors. The pain resulting from these injuries often lasts a lifetime and affects workers' lives at work and at home.
  • Pulling Cables -- This video stars an experienced commercial electrician who is wiring a newly built commercial building. After several days of pulling long runs of heavy gauge wire and attaching wiring above his head to the ceiling, all while standing on a ladder that is too short, the electrician’s arms, neck, back and shoulders are strained enough to affect his ability to continue his work. But if his employer had used OSHA’s ergonomics guidelines, the electrician would have been standing on an elevated platform at the appropriate height for the job and he would have been using a mechanical wire puller. These small, yet crucial changes prevent the electrician’s painful injuries.
  • Laying Stone -- In this video, an experienced stonemason and her tender are using large stone pieces to build a walkway for a new two-story townhome. After several days of carrying heavy loads and kneeling and hunching while doing their work, both workers experience severe lower back and knee pain. But by complying with OSHA’s ergonomics guidelines, this pain is prevented. Using a cement mixer with wheels to mix and transport mortar, placing the stone pieces at a more appropriate height off the ground and supplying the workers with knee pads prevents the sprains and strains.
These videos show how overexertion at construction sites often leads to worker injuries. But if employers use OSHA’s ergonomics guidelines to ensure a safe, appropriate and comfortable working environment, the pain from these strains and sprains is avoided.

We hope you found these videos helpful and informative. Tune in to the Arbill Blog next week to learn about hazardous materials. In the meantime, be sure to check out our website for more information on workplace safety guidelines, solutions and programs or contact us to learn more about Arbill.
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Workplace Safety Trends in Construction: Preventing Falls

Workplace safety is a serious issue. Each year in the U.S., more than 800 construction workers die and nearly 137,000 are seriously injured while on the job. At Arbill, we’re dedicated to decreasing these dire numbers, and one of the best ways to do that is through education.

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