By Alex Kagwima, NHEO Institute Corporate Communications
Did you know that construction is the leading industry in workplace fatalities?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was a 7% increase in the United States in 2016 compared to 2015. This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities. Since 2008, this is the first time more than 5,000 fatalities were recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. It is evident that safety on construction sites is paramount.
Amongst these fatalities, electrocution is the second most fatal death with construction workers, which include contact with power lines, contact with energized sources, and improper use of extension and flexible cords. In order to prevent this from happening, here are five ways to ensure employee safety.