CPWR Report Highlights Trends in Fatalities in the Construction Industry

Construction is generally acknowledged as a high hazard industry. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 849 construction workers were killed on the job in 2012 — the highest number of fatalities in any industry.

Scaffolding Safety Requires Expertise to Ensure Worker Protection and OSHA Compliance

An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65% of the construction industry, work on scaffolds frequently. In a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study, 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed their injuries to planking or support giving way, slipping or being struck by a falling object.

The Vital Role of the Competent Person in Trenching and Excavation

OSHA standards require that trenching and excavation sites are inspected daily and as conditions change by a competent person before worker entry in order to ensure elimination of excavation hazards.

Trenching and Excavation Safety a Top Priority on Construction Sites

Trenching and excavation are widely recognized as among the most hazardous construction operations, resulting in an average of two deaths per month and hundreds of injuries each year due to trench collapses. OSHA has developed specific safety standards for the construction industry, making the requirements easier to understand.

Ladder Safety DOs and DON’Ts

To prevent workers from being injured due to falls from various types of ladders, including extension ladders and stepladders, employers are encouraged to adopt these ladder safety practices.