Did you know that the construction industry is known for being one of the most dangerous industries in the United States? 4,628 workers were killed in 2012 (almost 12 workers each day). 19.3% of these worker fatalities in 2012 occurred in the construction industry. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), over half of these fatalities (54.2%) in 2012 were due to the “Fatal Four” according to OSHA. The “Fatal Four” are death occurring from falls, struck by an object, electrocutions and/or caught-in/between an object causing death. OSHA estimates that eliminating the “Fatal Four” would save approximately 437 American construction workers each year.
The most commonly cited violations according to OSHA for fiscal year 2013 were:
- Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
- Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
- Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
- Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
- Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305)
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
- Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
- Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303)
- Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)
It is important to note that the statistics reported by OSHA only related to reportable incidents and therefore do not reflect all the actual incidents that occur each and every day on construction sites in Boston and thorough out the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At the Law Offices of Lipsey & Clifford, P.C. we have extensive experience working with our OSHA experts to identifying and addressing an OSHA violation and/or other state/federal safety violation that resulted in our client being injured. Regardless of whether you have fell because of improper fall protection, you were struck by a flying object, were caused to fall due to poor housekeeping on the job site, we are prepared to fight on your behalf to get you the just compensation you deserve. This does not end with making sure you get the workers’ compensation benefits (G.L.c. 152) that you deserve but identifying potential third party companies that may be responsible for your injuries. Call Attorney Scott J. Clifford to get started.