Fatal Four Construction Accidents – What You Need to Know

If you work construction, accidents are more likely to happen than if you worked an office job (though of course, accidents happen there too). On a job site, just being extra careful isn’t enough. Specific training in workplace safety is essential to preventing construction accidents in the first place. These most common “fatal four construction accidents” are the types of accidents you aren’t likely to encounter in other, unrelated industries:

What are the fatal four construction accidents?

  • Falling
  • Moving Objects
  • Electrocution
  • Crushed Between Objects
  1. Falling – Job sites are fraught with opportunities to trip and fall. Uneven, slippery surfaces are the most likely culprit, but sometimes the very devices that are there for your safety could be at fault, such as improperly constructed scaffolding, faulty or worn safety harnesses, ladders that aren’t securely anchored, etc.
  2. Moving Objects – Such “moving objects” could include a tool dropped from an overhead platform or scaffold, a stray nail or staple ejected from a pneumatic tool, collapsed masonry, or even a vehicle whose driver didn’t properly set an emergency brake or take proper care in driving through a work area.
  3. Electrocution – Power lines are always one of the biggest concerns when seeking to prevent construction accidents, because this type of hazard can be hanging overhead or hiding underground. Overhead power lines have been a major hazard in road construction which lead to the use of warning signs as a standard safety precaution. In addition, electrical power tools must be properly grounded, or anyone in the immediate vicinity could be at risk. Electrical safety training in the construction industry is critical in helping to prevent fatal accidents.
  4. Crushed Between Objects – These types of construction accidents are the definition of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This category includes getting caught under unsecured heavy machinery, unstable piles of materials such as gravel, and deep trench cave-ins.


Construction accidents often result in serious injuries such as concussions, limbs that require amputation, blindness, deafness, paralysis, permanent scarring, and death. Survivors often find that their ability to make a living in the future is impacted. That’s why it’s important to keep all your records in order and consult an attorney as soon as possible after any type of construction accident.

Consult with the lawyers at Pat Maloney. We’ll help you make the best comeback possible.


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