While many employers take strides to make sure their construction sites are as safe as possible for their workers, others are less thorough, and in some cases, their negligence leads to serious, life-changing injuries and even death. Nowadays, the majority of construction worker injuries and deaths involve the “Fatal Four,” which are the four most frequent causes of construction worker deaths.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, finding ways to improve safety with regard to construction's Fatal Four could save an estimated 582 construction worker lives every year. As you might imagine, many of the reasons construction companies find themselves in violation of OSHA standards also relate to the Fatal Four, with many receiving citations for lacking adequate fall protection or equipment or having unsafe scaffolding onsite, among other reasons. So, what, exactly, are the construction industry’s Fatal Four, and is your employer doing enough to keep you safe?