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The most common causes of deadly construction accidents

The Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has what it dubs construction's "fatal four," that is four common causes of deadly construction accidents which OSHA and, presumably state-level administrative agencies which do the same work, are trying hard to curb both in the New York City area and throughout this state.

The fatal four causes of death at construction cites are falls, getting electrocuted, being crushed or pinned in some way and getting hit by an object. Any one of these hazards can result in catastrophic injuries to the injured worker which he or she may or may not be able to recover from. It is noteworthy that these statistics do not account for motor vehicle accidents that are related to work.

By far, falls are the most common cause of fatal accidents at construction sites, as they account for almost 39 percent of all fatalities. In order, the remaining three of the fatal four are getting hit by an object, at less than 10 percent, getting electrocute at less than 9 percent and a crush injury at slightly over 7 percent. Presumably, other types of accidents account for the rest of construction fatalities.

OSHA estimates that if the "fatal four" were eliminated completely, 602 more people would be alive today. It is particularly important for the construction industry to address the fatal four and work hard to prevent them, as the construction industry is risky field to work in. As of 2015, the industry accounts for over 20 percent of work-related deaths in the private sector.

Workers who are affected by the fatal four but who happened to survive, as well as the families of deceased victims, have a lot of options available to them after a workplace accident. New York's workers' compensation system will help cover medical bills and lost wages. In the right cases, it may also be possible to sue a third party for additional damages.

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