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.
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.