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Construction site accidents and the Fatal Four

Whether it is roadwork on one of Nevada's many streets and highways or whether it is the erection of a new building, workers in the construction industry perform very important jobs. However, construction work can be more dangerous than other professions. For example, according to the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration, of the 4,693 private workers who died on-the-job in 2016, just over 21 percent of these individuals worked in the construction industry.

With the exception of highway collisions, there were four main causes of construction worker deaths. These are known as the Fatal Four, and over 63 percent of construction worker fatalities in 2016 were the result of one of these four main causes of construction worker deaths. According to OSHA, if the "Fatal Four" were eliminated it could save over 630 lives annually.

So, what are the Fatal Four? They are: falls, being hit by an object, being electrocuted or being caught in-between something. Falls made up 38.7 percent of construction worker fatalities in 2016. Being hit by an object made up 9.4 percent of construction worker fatalities in 2016. Being electrocuted made up 8.3 percent of construction worker fatalities in 2016. Finally, being caught in-between something made up 7.3 percent of construction fatalities in 2016.

As this shows, while construction work is vital to society, if care is not taken it could easily result in injuries or fatalities. When this happens the worker or his or her loved ones may incur significant expenses due to medical care and the inability to work, among other expenses. Therefore, those injured in construction accidents may want to determine if seeking worker's compensation benefits is the right choice for them.

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