According to the United States Department of Labor, nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the U.S. daily. Furthermore, more than 800 construction workers die and nearly 137,000 are seriously injured while on the job in the United States annually. (Statistics reported by http://www.osha.gov.)
Some of the most common work place accidents involving construction sites and zones include: falls from heights due to ineffective fall protection or failure to provide fall protection, excavation collapses, vehicle accidents/back-overs on the job site, scaffolding collapse, head injury from failure to wear hard hats and/or protective gear, electric shock and electrocution, repetitive motion injury and blast or flash type injury. Falls from heights account for the most deaths.
Sadly, many of these on-the-job accidents are preventable. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) provides numerous free resources for educating and training workers on how to prevent and avoid a work injury from occurring. These resources range from educational pamphlets to instructional safety videos that are free to the public. Yet, with all of the Codes and free materials available, workplace accidents are still occurring. Please take advantage of the free OSHA material if you are employed in a construction job.