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Construction Workers' Accidents Archives

A fall harness can save or claim your life

Falls from heights form a significant percentage of the annual death toll in the U.S. workforce, including in Minnesota. If your job involves working at extreme heights, your life is in jeopardy every day. Did you know that the fall protection you wear to save your life could also cause your death?

Report released on construction worker fatalities

On April 6, the Associated General Contractors of America released a report on construction industry fatalities. The reports contain information that could help keep construction workers in Minnesota and throughout the country safer. For example, one of the findings was that smaller construction firms had a significantly higher rate of fatalities than larger firms. Almost half of all fatalities happened at firms with fewer than 10 employees. This could be because smaller firms lack a comprehensive safety program and drug testing. They may also attract workers with less experience.

OSHA advises on keeping construction workers safe from falls

Construction workers' jobs here in Minnesota and elsewhere are hard enough without having to worry about all of the dangers that come along with them. One of those dangers is falling from scaffolding, ledges and other heights. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

Why are cranes still so dangerous for construction workers?

A construction team was working through the afternoon last week in the small town of Waite Park, near St. Cloud, when they heard a yell and a crash. The crane operator had been attempting to move a light pole when the entire crane tipped over with the worker still inside. His coworkers rushed to his aid and found him with a head injury but still responsive. He was taken to a local hospital and survived. As often happens with these types of accidents, the cause for the accident is unknown.

Nail gun injuries in the construction industry

Although nail guns boost productivity and are easy to use, they can be dangerous tools. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 37,000 visits to emergency rooms are made every year because of nail gun injuries. Minnesota employees in the construction industry may not realize that some workers die from nail gun accidents as well.

What injuries are common at a construction site?

Employees in Minnesota may be interested in learning about the types of injures that are most common for the construction industry. The accidents that occur on a construction site may cause a variety of severe health conditions. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention reported that 9 percent of all nonfatal illness or injury incidents reported during 2009 involved construction employees. That same year, more than 3.3 million employees in America reported suffering a nonfatal injury or illness on the job.

Understanding construction injury issues

Construction injuries can range in severity from minor to severe or fatal, and many are due to the exposure of workers to dangerous conditions on a consistent basis. Various regulations and programs exist both in Minnesota and nationwide to improve safety awareness while limiting the potential for accidents in the construction environment. However, many incidents occur in spite of such precautions. Common incidents include falls, machinery accidents, electric shock and exposure to dangerous materials.

Construction industry recognizes severe risk of fall injuries

In order for communities to grow, construction is necessary. Bystanders may not entirely understand all of the risk involved in building residential facilities and other public amenities in urban centers like Minneapolis and St. Paul. Regardless, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the country, so employers should take steps to create the safest environment possible.

Lessons from National Work Zone Awareness Week

Last week was National Work Zone Awareness Week. This week has been observed for the past 15 years in the United States for one critical reason. Individuals who are assigned to road construction sites risk their lives and their wellbeing every single day that they are on the job.

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