One of the most common causes of work-related injuries and death, falls happen more often during summer months when construction projects boom.
2. Trenching and Excavation
This hazard is one of OSHA's priority goals. The agency states that in order to prevent cave-ins, employers should:
- SLOPE or bench trench walls
- SHORE trench walls with supports, or
- SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes
3. Struck-By Objects and Vehicles
Approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes.
4. Electrical Safety
Electrical hazards encompass many occupations from engineers and electricians to office workers. Dangers include electric shock, fires and explosions.
5. Workplace Violence
Workplace violence includes any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. Acts of violence currently are the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).
6. Grain Bin and Agricultural Hazards
Farmworkers and workers in agricultural operations are most commonly exposed to hazards related to grain bins and silos, hazard communication of chemicals, noise, musculoskeletal injuries, and heat.