Construction workers in Iowa and elsewhere face a number of dangers on the job every day. This industry is known to be one of the most hazardous in the country. Every year, thousands of construction workers across America are injured or killed in worksite accidents, despite efforts by construction companies and federal agencies to set standards and improve overall safety procedures.
Four accident types in particular are especially dangerous on construction worksites, reports the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These are called the “fatal four,” and include the following:
- Being caught between objects
- Being struck by objects
Safety experts say that eliminating fatal four accidents on construction sites would save the lives of 435 workers in the United States every year. An accident that occurred in Denver, Iowa, last May illustrated the potentially broad scope of any of these four accident types. KCCI News reported that during an excavation along a building foundation wall, part of the wall fell on top of a worker, trapping and killing him. In this case, the tragic accident might have been considered either a caught-between or struck-by incident.
Safety violations cause a significant portion of construction site accidents. However, not all accidents are foreseeable or preventable. Employees who are injured at work are generally eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In the event an employer is found to be negligent by not ensuring employees are trained in safety procedures or provided with safety equipment, those affected may choose to seek additional compensation.