Complying with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations helps prevent construction accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Furthermore, companies that fail to meet these requirements can receive numerous penalties and fines. Repeat citations can cost up to $156,259 per violation, which can bankrupt construction companies.
The following are the top ten most common construction violations according to OSHA:
- Fall Protection (General Requirements)
- Fall Protection (Training)
- Eye and Face Protection
- General Safety and Health Provisions
- Head Protection
- Specific Excavation Requirements
- Hazard Communication
- Fall Protection (Systems Criteria and Practices)
Top 4 Accidents in Construction
The construction industry accounts for a disproportionate number of workplace injuries and fatalities nationwide, as construction sites have many more hazards than most workplaces. The following are the four most common accidents that cause construction worker injuries and deaths:
- Fall protection violations and related issues account for half of the most common OSHA citations. It’s a significant safety concern, as falls are the primary cause of construction worker injuries and fatalities. Workers most often fall from scaffolding, ladders, and roofs due to supports giving way, slips, or falling objects striking them.
- Falling objects aren’t the only things that can strike construction workers. Construction vehicles, machines, and equipment are often large, dangerous, and instantly lethal without proper safety precautions. For example, a crane load that suddenly drops will crush anyone underneath. Even something small like a falling hammer can become a lethal object if the workers on the ground aren’t wearing safety helmets.
- Caught-by accidents. Workers can also find themselves caught between machines or debris, resulting in crushed, pinched, or compressed limbs. These types of accidents can happen anywhere on the site, often maiming or killing workers.
- Electrocution. Many electrocution accidents on construction sites are due to safety negligence. These incidents can cause burns, heart attacks, paralysis, or death. Live wires account for most electrocution deaths, such as fallen power lines and contact with overhead or buried power lines. However, improper extension cord use and overloaded electrical panels are other common situations that can lead to electrocution.
Lax safety compliance can have costly consequences, financially and in terms of human lives. Frequent safety training, identifying and communicating site hazards, and uncompromising enforcement of safety policies can help prevent avoidable accidents. Contact Windermere Insurance Group to learn more about construction safety compliance and reducing site risks.