Protect Workers From Falls: A Leading Cause of Death

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Falls from elevated surfaces represent more than 30 percent of all construction claim payments.

August 14, 2018
Mark McGhiey - Construction Executive

One of the leading causes of death for construction workers is falls from elevated surfaces, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, these accidents accounted for more than 30 percent of all construction fatalities. The top four causes of worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the private sector construction industry are:

  1. falls: 384 (38.7%);
  2. struck by object: 93 (9.4 percent);
  3. electrocutions: 82 (8.3 percent); and
  4. caught-in/between:1 72 (7.3 percent).

One of the most common — and costly — causes of claims occur when construction workers fall from elevated surfaces. These accidents represent more than 30 percent of all construction claim payments.

Reprinted courtesy of Mark McGhiey, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


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