Is Construction The Deadliest Industry In America?

OSHA Exists For A Reason

If you've ever managed a plant or been in charge of the safety program at a warehouse or plant you are probably very familiar with the tedious detail of OSHA standards. I remember when I used to work in a warehouse that had all kinds of automation, we were constantly in safety meetings, installing new ways to stay out of harms way, and taking quizzes about safety. I would hear about how if we leave this pallet on its side OSHA could fine us thousands of dollars. At the time I thought it was incredibly annoying and nothing more than a waste of time. Until, one day at the warehouse a guy was picking clothing from these inventory racks called "carousel racks". The racks were four stories high and had a hundred hanging bins per row, per floor. They would spin and when you wanted it to stop you would step on a mat and the whole thing would stop. One day this guy was on the fourth floor and he wasn't paying attention when he went to step on the mat to stop it from spinning and instead he stepped to the side of the mat and got caught by the metal bins. The rack pulled him into the conveyor dropping him through rows and rows of spinning racks, four stories high. The man had almost all of his clothes ripped off of him, a broken arm, a broken leg, and a punctured lung from being impaled by a security fence that he fell on after being bounced around through the racks. He was lucky and survived, but, that incident was enough to give me an appreciation for safety and organizations like OSHA that enforce safety, even if it is inconvenient.

Construction Can Be Deadly

Maxwell Systems conducted a study and found that in America construction type jobs have the most fatalities by percentage than any other industry. It is pretty shocking and hopefully as safety laws continue to improve and businesses take this more seriously we will see change. Here is an infographic that concluded their study in 2012.

Construction SafetyInfographic by Viewpoint

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