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What Are the Chances of Dying in Construction?

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By Clair B. Norton
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What are the chances of dying in construction

Whenever a person is about to work on a construction project, he should make sure that he has a plan in place. This will help him ensure that he is able to get the job done without the possibility of getting killed. It is also important to make sure that he is properly trained, so that he does not become a liability to the construction company. There are several factors that can lead to deaths in a construction project. These include falls, electrocutions, and suicide.

Falls

Falls are the leading cause of occupational injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. The most common falls occur in scaffolding, ladders and roofs. These falls can cause serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries, neck injuries and head injuries.

More than 800,000 workers were treated in emergency rooms after slipping and falling. Construction companies are responsible for providing workers with fall protection equipment and training. However, many falls are caused by improper equipment and poor training.

Despite the importance of fall protection, the construction industry is not adequately studied. This leads to a passive attitude toward preventing incidents.

There are several interventions that are used to eliminate falls from the construction industry. Some of the most important protective methods are education, on-site precautionary measures, and proper use of safety equipment.

The majority of fatal falls from heights occur in the afternoon. Specifically, between 1:00 pm and 3:59 p.m. A number of factors have been found to contribute to the increased incidence of fatal falls. Among these are the height of the workplace, the height of the structure and the wind velocity.

Electrocutions

Construction is a dangerous field, and one of the biggest hazards is electrocutions. In the US, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that more than 125 people die each year in construction because of electrocutions. This number is a small fraction of the total number of deaths in the construction industry. However, electrocutions are still among the leading causes of death for construction workers.

Electrocutions are caused when a person comes into contact with live electrical wiring, including overhead and underground power lines. Electricity is very dangerous, and can cause burns, brain damage, and other permanent injuries.

Electrocutions can also occur if a person is working with an extension cord, flexible cord, or other equipment that is improperly grounded. The flow of electricity through a worker’s body is measured in milliamperes (mA). For example, if the worker is exposed to 50 mA, it is considered to be a serious injury.

Being struck by an object

Falling objects are one of the leading safety hazards on construction sites. A large number of workers are injured or killed by falling objects each year. If you work on a construction site, make sure you are equipped with personal protective equipment and follow construction site safety rules and regulations.

Getting struck by an object can result in a variety of injuries, including broken bones, laceration wounds, and lacerations. Workers should be aware of the risk of falling objects and should wear a hard hat, safety glasses, and steel toe boots.

The National Safety Council estimates that over a million workers are injured each year. Construction workers are especially at risk because their job involves working with heavy and moving objects. Some of the most common objects that fall include tools, fasteners, roof trusses, small hand tools, and other equipment.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls from heights account for 36.5% of construction worker fatalities. The second leading hazard is collapsing materials. Another risk includes using a machine.

Suicide

The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Men in the industry are more likely to commit suicide than those in other fields. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed.

According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, construction and mining are the industries with the highest rates of male suicide. Males under 45 make up the largest group of suicide victims.

Construction workers face mental ill health due to a number of factors. Long hours, job insecurity, and financial stress are just a few.

The construction industry also has high rates of opioid-related deaths. In fact, one in thirteen opioid-related deaths occurred in construction industry workers between 2018 and 2020.

Several organizations in the construction industry are leading by example in suicide prevention. For instance, Mates in Construction (MATES) provides multi-component suicide prevention programs to construction employees. They also implement early intervention programs.

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