It’s no secret that construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. The term “Construction’s Fatal Four” was coined for a reason, in an effort to reduce these 4 most common reasons for deaths in construction. That’s why construction safety is extremely important to implement and monitor for every job task related to construction. The safety risks associated with isolated job tasks are immense, and the safety risks attributed to construction activities as a whole, warrant a rigorous, solidified safety plan.
OSHA says this about the safety hazards in the construction industry: “Construction is a high hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. Examples include residential construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large scale painting jobs. Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.”
The following infographic breaks down just how prevalent construction deaths, injuries and illnesses are.