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Fatal Four: Safety in the Construction Industry [Infographic]

April 17, 2014
April 23 is Construction Safety Day and as these statistics reveal, four types of incidents lead to most of the fatalities.

Safety should be one of the top priorities of any construction company. Since the 7th annual Construction Safety Day is just around the corner on April 23, Viewpoint decided to take a deeper look at the construction industry’s safety statistics over the past decade.

They pored over years of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA to create a thorough infographic detailing fatal and non-fatal work injuries, the most common safety issues and what we can do to eliminate 57 percent of construction-related work fatalities.

The infographic below breaks down the most common injuries in construction, work fatalities in each construction type, how construction’s fatalities compare to other industry numbers and construction fatalities by state.

The "fatal four" injuries that contributed to 57 percent of the fatalities in the construction industry were falls, caught between objects, electrocutions and struck by objects.

About the Author

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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