The “Fatal Four” Causes of Construction Accidents

Have you heard of the “Fatal Four” types of construction accidents? OSHA coined the term for four types of fatal accidents: falls, electrocution, struck by object, and crushing.

“Out of 4,206* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2010, 774 or 18.7% were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for nearly three out of five (56%) construction worker deaths in 2010*, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 437 workers’ lives in America every year.” OSHA