Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in the 1970s with the goal of making workplaces safer for employees. This has, indeed, occurred. There are less fatalities, and employees report they feel safer knowing that there are rules and regulations in place governing safety in the workplace. However, in the construction industry, there are still many work-related deaths that take place every year, with four in particular that are the leading causes.
Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company offers the best rigging hardware, lifting slings, and fall protection equipment for industrial companies, such as construction, demolition, landscaping, oil and gas, manufacturing, and more. We also offer many safety seminars held around the country to teach companies how to use our fall prevention equipment and to teach about how to stay safe around rigging and lifting machinery and equipment as well. Below, we’ll go over what OSHA calls the “Fatal Four,” which are the leading causes of construction fatalities. Contact us today to get started!
WHAT ARE THE LEADING CAUSES OF CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES
The overwhelming majority of those who die in the construction industry fall. About one-third of all deaths are fall-related, from falling off ladders and roofs to falling into holes or off scaffolding. Most of these falls are due to improper use of fall protection equipment. Some occur due to improperly constructed scaffolding and walkways. In many instances, it’s a lack of fall prevention safety equipment training that is responsible, or it’s an employer not understanding that fall prevention systems are required, so they fail to provide these and proper training to their employees. Check out Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company’s fall prevention equipment today!
Hit by An Object
About 10% of construction-related deaths are due to an employee being hit by something. Examples include a swinging or falling object, improper rigging installation, unsecured materials, heavy equipment malfunctions, and being hit by a moving vehicle. A lot of these can be prevented by the use of a hard hat at all times while on the job site.
Due to the sheer amount of energy that flows through electrical wires, the chances of dying if you are electrocuted are high. About eight percent of workers die from electrocution while on the job. This can be electricians, but more than likely, it is those not trained in electrical safety. This includes those who touch live wires or exposed wiring, or wet outlets. Overhead wires and service panels are two more areas that cause deaths. Lightning strikes are included in this number as well.
Caught in-Between Items
The last leading cause of construction deaths is from workers being caught in-between items, such as machines, devices, or tools that crush them or suffocate them. This can be trenches collapsing, moving equipment, or other structures and materials.
HOW KENNEDY WIRE ROPE & SLING CAN HELP
Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company is passionate about safety. In addition to our safety seminars, we also offer self-retracting lifeline (SRL) inspection and repair, as well as inspection of rigging and lifting equipment as well. We offer proof load testing in order to ensure you are using the proper loads with your rigging equipment. And we offer 24-hour on-site services in case you need an inspection or repair done quickly. All of our rigging and lifting equipment is made of the highest quality, which further helps to ensure your employees are kept safe.
Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company is here to answer any questions you may have about our top-notch rigging and lifting equipment and safety concerns, delivery and installation needs, and inspection and repair services. Contact us today to get started!