Construction sites are inherently somewhat dangerous, and despite recent advances in safety, workplace injuries continue to occur. Over 20 percent of the 4,101 private workplace fatalities recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013 were construction related. While work-related fatalities have fallen substantially in the past four decades, they remain a persistent threat.
The Impact of Non-Fatal Accidents
Many incidents do not kill workers, and the resulting workplace injuries are an equally serious concern for site managers. The emotional and physical trauma endured by workers is one issue, but it is compounded by additional monetary and efficiency strain on the entire project. More than 300 out of every 10,000 full-time construction workers will be injured each year, and their wounds will range from lacerations and sprains to muscle tears and amputations.
The impact of injury can be profound. On average, construction worker injuries cost companies 11 days worth of productivity. That’s more than the national average of injury-related productivity loss across all injuries, and demonstrates both the possible severity of construction-related injuries and how detrimental they can be to a project.
In total, injuries on construction sites cost the industry $188 billion in 2013, and individual workers must produce more than $1,300 worth of goods or services to offset the loss of productivity these injuries cause. That’s a sobering statistic for the accountants at construction firms and the individuals who risk their lives on construction sites each day.
Unfortunately, not all of the accidents on construction sites are nonfatal. The deadly accidents on construction projects are most often linked to the “fatal four,” a group of accident types that the Bureau of Labor statistics calls out as particularly deadly. These incidents include: falls, individuals struck by objects, electrocutions and people being caught/in-between site elements. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the risks associated with these accidents, site managers and contractors can take steps to minimize the situations that lead to deadly mistakes.
One of the keys to a safe workplace is organization. Within an organized workplace, construction personnel are more likely to be in the appropriate place for their role and out of harm’s way. Portable storage solutions contribute to workplace safety by keeping critical equipment and tools in an easily accessible and secure place. This prevents people from using equipment they should not, and ensures that workplaces are kept away from dangerous activities.