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OSHA’s “Fatal Four” Causes Of Construction Accidents


Known as the “Fatal Four,” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have identified the four leading causes of fatalities in construction site accidents. Construction sites are one of the most dangerous places to work, even when safety precautions are taken, and with the explosion of buildings across Nashville over the last few years construction accidents have become more and more common in Tennessee. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys are here to protect your interests and zealously advocate for the compensation that you and your family deserves after an accident. To learn more, call or contact our office today for a free consultation.


The most common cause of construction site fatalities is falls. Just over 36 percent of all fatal construction site accidents are caused by falls every year nationwide. While most people think of falls only happening off of ladders, injuries and deaths from falls can also occur because of unprotected sides or holes, improperly constructed walking or working surfaces, falls from roofs, scaffolding, large skyscraper construction areas, and more when those in charge failure to use proper fall protection on their worksites.

Struck by Objects

Another ten percent of fatal construction site accidents occur every year because people are struck by swinging, falling, or misplaced objects. Many workers who are operating at heights also require tools, material, and equipment that are up at heights, as well. Loose rigging, loose or shifting items, equipment malfunctions, and more can cause items to fall, striking those below. Even with safety helmets, objects falling or swinging from a significant height can cause severe injuries and death to injury victims.


Just over eight percent of construction site fatalities happen annually because of electrocutions. Construction sites have a far larger number of electrocution opportunities than other worksites. Exposed wiring, wet working conditions, open electrical panels, wired equipment, and exposure to lightning strikes all increase the chances that someone will suffer electrocution injuries or death in a construction area.

Caught In and Between

The last of the “Fatal Four” is being caught in or between things on a construction site, resulting in death. People can be caught between devices, machines, or tools that cause catastrophic injuries or worse. People can also be caught in trenches or excavation collapses, between moving or rotating equipment, or caught in a collapsing structure. If you or someone you know has been subjected to an accident involving one of the “Fatal Four,” it is important that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in Nashville today.

Talk to Mitch Grissim & Associates Today

If you or a loved one has been injured, or worse, by one of OSHA’s “Fatal Four” causes of construction accidents, the experienced Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are here for you. To learn more about your legal options after an accident, talk to our office and schedule a free evaluation of your injury case.


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