Workers on Louisiana construction sites may find of interest the construction safety report by the Associated General Contractors of America that was released on April 4. The comprehensive study outlines construction-related accidents and fatalities and may help construction industry owners and supervisors improve workplace safety.
According to research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the industry that has the most traumatic brain injuries in workplaces around the country is construction. Statistics also show that there were 2210 occupational TBI fatalities from 2003 to 2010.
Most Louisiana construction workers who are injured on the job are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits. In broad terms, workers' compensation is a form of insurance coverage that most employers are required to carry. Benefits can help to ease some of the financial burdens associated with a workplace injury.
Workers who are putting up walls during a residential construction site in Louisiana could be putting their safety at risk. Those who are working on homes with multiple stories are at an increased risk for falling through window or floor openings. However, there are ways to decrease the likelihood of a worker falling. An easy way to reduce this risk is to put safety plans in place prior to starting a project.
Construction worker falls on the job are the number-one cause of death in the industry. Due to this preventable cause of fatalities and other construction work injuries, the second-annual Fall Safety Stand-Down has been announced and will be held from May 4 to 15. This call for construction industry safety is the largest occupational safety event in the United States.
In our last post, we talked about construction accidents. More specifically, we talked about the "Fatal Four," which are four prominent factors in fatal construction accidents. One of these four factors is "falls," which are always a concern on construction sites. Many construction employees have to work at precarious heights while using powerful machinery. This can lead to missteps or falls, and these can be fatal.
Did you know that in 2012 there were 4,628 workers that died on the job? That figure, cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), works out to roughly 3.4 worker deaths for every 100,000 full-time employees. It also means that on average 12 people die every day as a result of something that happened at work.
The number of fatalities in the construction industry in the United States increased dramatically in 2012, when about 9.9 people per 100,000 workers in the industry died. In 2011, the rate was only 9.1 per 100,000 workers. The rise in these deaths have many people wondering why the construction industry has a sudden fatal accident problem.