Construction Site Accidents, What you need to know
Workplace accidents happen far too often, especially on or near construction sites. Workers are often subjected to serious industry specific hazards due to the dangerous nature of their profession. In Rhode Island the construction industry is thriving and the number of construction accidents is unfortunately rising. Statistics from the United States Department of Labor (DOL) tells us that twenty percent of all workplace fatalities nationwide were in the construction industry. In 2014, there were 899 deaths, or more than two deaths per day! The DOL goes on to state that the four most common types of construction injuries, AKA the “fatal four”, are: Falls Electrocutions Being struck by an object Being caught on, or crushed by equipment or collapsing buildings. Other reasons, or causes, construction workers are vulnerable to injuries include; exposure to chemicals, and injuries sustained from faulty or poorly maintained equipment.