Orange barrels on the streets or scaffolding on buildings are common sights in Beaumont. The construction industry is essential in Texas, but construction work is dangerous work leading to a significant number of fatalities every year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the top four causes of construction fatalities. The following is some information on these causes and how they can be prevented.
Cause 1: Falls
Falls are one of the top causes of construction worker fatalities in the U.S. To prevent falls, workers should wear fall arrest equipment. The construction site should also be equipped with perimeter protection. Floor openings should be covered, secured and labeled.
Cause 2: Struck-by
Being struck by an object is another top cause of construction worker fatalities in the U.S. To prevent such incidents, workers should not be placed in a position between moving and fixed objects. Workers should also be provided with high-visibility clothing when working around equipment and vehicles.
Cause 3: Caught-In/Between
Another top cause of construction worker fatalities in the U.S. is being caught-in/between trenches. To avoid such incidents, workers should not enter a trench that does not have a protective system in place. Some ways to keep trenches safe are sloping, shoring, benching or installing trench shield systems.
Cause 4: Electrocutions
Finally, electrocutions are another top cause of construction worker fatalities in the U.S. To avoid electrocutions are to locate and identify utilities and power lines before starting work, using ladders or scaffolds or operating construction equipment. Workers should be educated on safe distance requirements, and they should not use electrical equipment unless they are grounded or double insulated.
Where to turn in the event of a construction fatality
Unfortunately, there are instances in which a construction worker will not be provided with proper equipment and training by their employer, leading to a fatal accident. When this happens, the worker’s loved ones may want to learn more about their legal options, including the possibility of filing a lawsuit if appropriate.