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The number of fatal construction workers' accidents alarming

Safety training is said to be one of the most important aspects in protecting workers on construction sites nationwide, including in California. Based on the data of construction workers' accidents released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this industry remains the most hazardous industry in the country. Statistic show that 937 construction workers died on the job in 2015.

What causes alarm is the fact that this number represents over 21 percent of all fatalities across all industries in 2015. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fatalities on construction sites are primarily caused by four types of accidents. These include falls, caught in or between, electrocution and struck by objects. Authorities say that 602 lives can be saved annually by eliminating these four accident causes.

It was further noted that, in addition to the high number of deaths, many thousands of construction workers suffer injuries of varied severity on worksites every year. Looking at the whole picture clearly shows the importance of effective safety training programs across the industry. Regular safety training will not only benefit employees, but also company owners.

By putting safety first, occurrences of construction workers' accidents can be decreased. Furthermore, work quality will improve along with productivity, and ultimately, there will be more skilled workers. However, workplace injuries will likely continue to occur, although hopefully at a lower rate. Injured workers can seek financial help to cover medical expenses and lost wages through the California workers' compensation insurance program. Some choose to use the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to navigate benefits claims for them.

Source: business.com, "5 Reasons You Should Consider Safety Training For Your Employees", Larry Alton, Sept. 13, 2017

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