Beware the “Fatal Four”: OSHA’s Statistics on Industry Dangers

OSHA and industry partners initiated a “Focus Four Hazards” campaign to raise awareness of the dangers within the industry. The goal of the campaign was to show recognition, evaluation, and to learn how to control these hazards. The “Fatal Four” hazards account for the vast majority of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. The worst part of these fatal injuries, however, is that they were all preventable.

Diamond Tool is dedicated to your jobsite safety. We choose quality personal and industrial products that offer the most protection for workers on and off the field. Using the information provided by OSHA, we put together some statistics on workplace fatalities.

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Here Are “Hard Hat” Facts On Accidents in the Workplace
  • In 2015, out of 4,836 work fatalities, 937 fatalities were in construction. This means that 1 in 5 worker deaths in 2015 were in construction.
  • In 2015, the “Fatal Four” hazards that caused worker’s deaths in construction were:
         ○   Falls
         ○   Struck-by
         ○   Electrocution
         ○   Caught-in/between
  • 64.2% of construction worker deaths are due to the “Fatal Four.”
  • In 2015, out of 937 construction fatalities, there were 364 fatal falls to a lower level.
         ○   This means nearly 40% of fatal work injuries in construction were contributed to
    fatal falls
         ○   This means that in 2015, there was nearly 1 fatal fall a day.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death in construction.
  • All instances of worker deaths in construction were PREVENTABLE.
Lastly, here’s the best statistic of them all: On average, eliminating the Fatal Four would save 602 workers’ lives in America every year.
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