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Construction workers have to watch for many hazards when they are on the job. Some of these can cause minor injuries, but others can lead to more serious -- and even fatal -- injuries. On average, more than 14 people die each day at work. Some of those fatalities are in the construction industry.

Four distinct types of accidents are the most common issues that cause fatalities in the construction industry. If construction companies could all take steps to eliminate the Fatal Four, around 582 construction workers could potentially be saved each year. That's according to numbers published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) based on 2017 data.

By far, the most common type of incident that causes deaths in the construction industry is falls. These account for over 39 percent of deaths in this industry, so it is imperative that all construction companies have protocols in place that can prevent falls and injuries from them.

Second on the list is being struck by an object. This accounts for only 8.2 percent of fatalities in the industry. Electrocutions were responsible for 7.3 percent of fatalities. Being caught in or between objects lead to 5.1 percent of deaths of construction workers.

Unfortunately, construction workers are often placed in danger while they are at work. Even small oversights in the safety protocol can lead to serious injuries or deaths. For those individuals who fall victim to these dangers, compensation is likely possible. This might be through workers' compensation. However, if a product is responsible for the injury, a third-party lawsuit might be possible instead of a workers' compensation claim.

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