Common Construction Site Dangers and “The Fatal Four”

Construction sites are notoriously more dangerous and prone to accidents and injuries than other workplaces. Construction workers often work at significant heights, in deep pits, or in areas where demolition, structure collapse, or a falling object can quickly take a life. In addition, misuse of heavy equipment and machinery can leave a worker seriously injured or disabled. Approximately 58.1% of all construction fatalities are a result of “The Fatal Four”, which include:

  • Falls
  • Electrocution
  • Struck by Object
  • Caught in/between (usually including cave-ins)

Other than “the fatal four,” there are different types of construction site accidents which can occur, including:

  • Forklift accidents
  • Slips, Trips, and falls
  • Roofing accidents
  • Eye injuries from flying debris
  • Fires
  • Trench collapses
  • Building collapses
  • Toxic fumes
  • Falls from unprotected roofs
  • Crane Accidents
  • Scaffold Accidents
  • Defective power tools
  • Falling debris
  • Elevator and material lift accidents
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Worn or defective rope or cable
  • Welding accidents
  • Falls through unprotected holes
  • Nail gun accidents

As a construction worker, you have a right to a safe workplace. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, our construction accident attorneys can help. We have been helping victims of accidents and negligence in the Tri-State area recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. To speak to one of our construction accident attorneys, call 866-700-0657 or email

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