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Detailing “the Fatal Four”

When you work in the construction industry in New York, it may be easy to overlook the risks facing you and your coworkers every day on the job. After all, you believe your experience and expertise will help you to avoid danger, and where it may exist, you trust in your employer to protect you.

Yet as many of our past clients here at Godosky & Gentile, P.C. can attest to, that expectation is not always met. What is even more frustrating is that the greatest dangers you face from your construction job are well-known.

The common dangers construction workers face

Indeed, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has enough evidence from years of reports to identify what are (by far) the most common causes of construction-related fatalities. Dubbed “the Fatal Four,” these include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Being struck by falling objects
  • Electrocutions
  • Crush injuries (caused by workers getting caught in and crushed by construction equipment or between equipment and work surfaces)

Together, these causes account for more than half of all reported construction worker fatalities annually.

Poor protections proliferate the Fatal Four

You might think that having this data so readily available would equip your employer (and other practitioners within the industry) with all of the information needed to safeguard you and your coworkers from the dangers related to the Fatal Four. Yet surprisingly, safety violations related to these specific causes typically rank among the most common cited by OSHA inspectors. This may demonstrate an indifference (or general lack of appreciation) on the part of a construction industry employer for the safety concerns their line of work poses, which could open them up to liability issues.

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