Nationwide inspections show that the main cause of construction deaths and accidents is “by a fall from height.” 24 of the 59 reported construction deaths and over half of the 4000 reported construction accidents last year were due to this cause.
In order to remedy these accidents the HSE has announced that over 1,000 nationwide inspections will take place throughout June and July this year. Last year the HSE took action against 179 construction firms, where falling from a height was cited as a significant problem.
Here is a glance at various construction accidents that have taken place within the last few weeks:
In Iowa city, Iowa a 49 year-old worker died after a crane fell over next to him, causing him to fall to the ground from a height of 37 feet.
In Indianapolis two workers at a mall construction site fell 40 feet. One worker died and the other was left in critical condition.
Over a four-day span at a Phoenix construction site, two workers died. One was killed by trench collapsing on him.
In London, a crane operator and three workers were trapped 100-150ft in the air after a 300ft crane collapsed and fell about 200ft.
In Minneapolis, MN nine construction workers suffered injuries when the third floor of a building collapsed on them. One worker fell 35 feet and survived with little injury.
A 50 year-old worker died at an Alton, Iowa Wal-Mart construction site after being struck by a piece of equipment.
An accident on a Mississippi bridge left one worker dead and another reportedly missing, believing to be trapped under the debris.
These are a fraction of the industry accidents that have occurred recently. Everyday more are reported. Although we may think these types of accidents do not happen at our sites or in our companies, the fact of the matter is that they do happen. Let us use these recent accidents as lessons and as motivation to stop the spread of construction accidents. When it comes to this issue, one person, one company, or one job site can make a difference-the difference between life and death.