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The fatal four on construction sites

Do you or someone you love work in the construction industry in New York? If so, you know that it only takes a brief moment for something to go wrong on a construction job site that may have extremely serious if not deadly repercussions. Certainly there are reasons that make construction a potentially risky line of work but that should not mean that a construction worker should be expected to be injured or killed on the job.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has very clear requirements that should be followed by employers and workers alike on construction sites. Sadly, these requirements are not always heeded and this can be seen in the violations issued by OSHA. Of the 10 reasons responsible for the most number of citations, two are specific to the construction industry. One is regarding problems with scaffolding requirements and the other is with fall protection.

In 2015, more than 64 percent of all deaths on construction job sites were attributed to four reasons. These include falls or trips and slips, being hit by objects, being electrocuted and getting stuck or caught in or in between different objects. A fall may happen from a ladder, a scaffold or some other type of equipment or location. These four factors are commonly called the fatal four or the focus four by OSHA.

If you would like to learn more about the fatal four or focus four in the construction industry, please feel free to visit the construction worker job site safety page of our New York workplace injury and illness website.

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