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Common causes of workplace death for construction workers

People like to think of their workplaces as safe. They may not expect to go to work and face danger. They want to go to work, get their jobs done and come home. However, the reality is very different for many workers. There are occupations where people face danger just when trying to complete their tasks. And, unfortunately, many workplace accidents result in fatalities.

Construction workers in Pennsylvania, for example, face many dangers on the job. The very nature of the job includes inherent risk of injury. People are working with dangerous equipment in precarious environments. Because of the nature of construction sites, even small accidents can result in fatal injuries.

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), there are many types of injuries that can be fatal for workers. However, there are four main types of fatal injuries that construction workers face most commonly.

The most common type of fatal workplace accident on construction sites is from falls. This could include falling from structures or vehicles or into holes and trenches. OSHA claims that falls were responsible for 359 workplace fatalities, or 39.9 percent, on construction sites in 2014.

Electrocution were the next most common type of fatal injury to construction workers. They accounted for 74, or 8.2 percent, of deaths in 2014. Other fatal workplace dangers on construction sites included getting struck by a falling object and getting caught in between two objects.

Fatal workplace accidents are always devastating. Families of accident victims should understand their legal rights. Compensation may be available in some situations for a wrongful death. An attorney may be able to help families understand and enforce these legal rights.

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