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Construction’s “Fatal Four” Cost Lives Yearly

Construction’s “Fatal Four” Cost Lives Yearly

Get Your Compensation With The Help Of An Indianapolis Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction is one of the U.S.’s most hazardous fields of employ, with roughly one of every five worker deaths in a calendar year coming in the construction industry. Within the field, there are certain endeavors that prove deadlier than others, earning the nickname of the “Fatal Four” from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). These causes of death are job-related mishaps that would save hundreds of lives per year if more closely regulated. If you or a loved one have experienced any of these accidents, you may be able to receive compensation to help with your medical expenses.

Caught By/In Between Objects

2012 data reported by EHS Today shows approximately 2 percent of construction deaths came about due to a worker becoming caught in or between objects – for example, getting a foot or sleeve caught in an industrial machine. Many of these fatalities are ascribed to worker negligence, but in truth some can also conceivably be the result of lax employer safety standards.

Struck By Object/s

Approximately 9 percent of construction fatalities are due to being struck by objects either flying, falling or rolling; examples include vehicles with faulty brakes, crane booms malfunctioning, and flying objects from demolition sites. Unlike incidents involving being caught in machines or other objects, there are few ways for employers to allege that a worker could be complicit in his own death; it is part of an employer’s duty of care to provide a reasonably safe working environment, and being struck by an object is something that can be avoided in most situations with reasonable care.


Electrocution deaths constitute approximately 10 percent of worker injuries, and they are perhaps the most diverse claims seen. They can be accidents, they can be due to employer or employee negligence, or in very rare circumstances, can even be due to reckless disregard for safety. Because these claims are so diverse, it can be difficult to show direct causation in court, which can jeopardize a negligence case.


According to OSHA, falls make up almost 40 percent of all construction-related deaths in any given year. Like electrocutions, it can be difficult to prove causation in fall cases, because very often, a fall can appear as though it was due to employee negligence. In a wrongful death case, it must be proven that an employer had a duty of care toward the employee, and their conduct (or lack thereof) breached it, causing damages to that employee. If some conduct of the employer’s cannot be linked to the death, an employer will likely not be held liable.

Indianapolis Construction Accident Attorney

If you have lost a loved one or been injured due to a construction accident, you may have a case for negligence or another type of compensation. The Indianapolis construction accident attorneys at Holland & Holland are well versed in this area of law and are happy to help guide you in the right direction. Contact us today via our website or at (317) 581-4400.

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