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Risks faced by construction workers

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2015 | Construction Workers' Accidents |

Minnesota construction workers know that they are employed in one of the most dangerous industries. Risking their lives every day is just a part of doing the job to people on a construction site. Because of the risks involved, there are many safety laws and rules that are intended to be followed on job sites. The goal of these guidelines is to prevent construction workers from suffering serious injuries due to an on-the-job accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration monitors construction accidents and notes that most such incidents can be aligned to one of four main causes. These are known as the fatal four and together they were noted in a large percentage of all construction worker deaths in 2013. That year, a total of 828 employees in the construction industry lost their lives in workplace accidents. Of those, 302 people died in accidents involving falls. That represents 36.5 percent of all construction worker deaths.

Being struck by an object was the noted cause in 84 such deaths, slightly more than 10 percent of the total. The other two of the fatal four causes are electrocutions and being trapped or caught in or between objects. The first of these was involved in 71 deaths while another 21 fatalities were associated with the latter. In addition, the construction industry was directly identified in three of the top 10 OSHA violation categories.

The team of legal professional at Lindberg Law, P.C. knows how dangerous the construction industry is and they have helped numerous construction workers seek help after construction site accident in Minnesota.





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