Those who work in the construction industry in Los Angeles play a vital part in the area’s growth and development. While a good measure of pride likely comes with this knowledge, it may be tempered by the fact that the construction industry currently ranks as one of the most dangerous. The reason for this may not necessarily be a higher rate of injuries compared to other job sectors, but rather the greater potential for fatalities if and when accidents do occur.
Information shared by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows that 17 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2015 were attributed to the construction industry. Of the many risks that construction workers may be subject to, four stand out as presenting the greatest potential for death. Known as the “Fatal Four,” these include:
- Falls from heights
- Being struck by objects
- Being caught in or between equipment or collapsing structures
Together, these four types of accidents accounted for almost 65 percent of all construction worker fatalities in 2015.
Yet one may argue that those who choose to work in this industry understand the risks that they assume. Statistics seem to indicate, however, that such an understanding is something that unfortunately is learned through experience. The Industrial Safety News reports that 60 percent of all construction workplace injuries are suffered by employees with less than one year on the job. Sadly, many may not be allowed the chance to learn from these accidents.
It may reasonably be said that this higher rate of accidents amongst new employees could be due to insufficient safety training. Construction employers who may be failing in their duty to ensure that new hires understand and appreciate the risks such works presents could open themselves up to claims of negligence.