Construction Accidents

Construction Accidents

In 2012, 4,383 workers were killed on the job in construction accidents (3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) – on average, more than 84 a week or nearly 12 deaths every day. Sadly, no construction accident expert can help them now. Out of 3,945 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2012, 775 or 19.6% were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for nearly three out of five (56%). (OSHA, ClickSafety.com)

In 2018, the number climbed to 5,250 workers died on the job in 2018  (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 100 a week or more than 14 deaths every day.

Mr. Graham is OSHA-30 Certified an expert in construction accidents conducting real-time and forensic investigations. His 35 years in the construction industry includes eight-years as a field mechanic, and fifteen-years as a Senior Project Manager, on hundreds of projects, the sort of experience book-engineers simply don’t have.

This means that Graham has hands-on insight gained from decades of experience in multiple construction and building sectors – perceptions that most experts only have second-hand, or hearsay. These include viewpoints from a field mechanic, superintendent, project manager, estimator, scheduler, and construction manager.

Graham has testified for thirty different attorney firms, serving both plaintiffs and defendants, in several states, and in Federal court.

Graham’s industry specific experience makes him a unique construction accident expert. His areas of focus as an expert in safety include:

Fall Hazards
Health Hazards
Electrocution
Caught by or Between Hazards
Struck by Hazards
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Stairs & Ladders
Material Handling
Fire Prevention
Excavations
Scaffolding
Concrete
Hand & Power Tools
Steel
Welding
Confined Spaces
Ergonomics

Out of 4,779 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2018, 1,008 or 21.1% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (58.6%) the construction worker deaths in 2018, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 591 workers’ lives in America every year.

  • Falls – 338 out of 1,008 total deaths in construction in CY 2018 (33.5%)
  • Struck by Object – 112 (11.1%)
  • Electrocutions – 86 (8.5%)
  • Caught-in/between* – 55 (5.5%)
    (*This category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material)

Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violated in FY 2018

The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018):

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]]
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  6. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  8. Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  9. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  10. Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

(Source: OSHA)

Construction Accidents