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Construction

Construction ranks among some of the most dangerous industries—accounting for one in every five workplace fatalities. Falls from elevations are the leading cause of death, followed by other high-ranking safety hazards including motor vehicle crashes, excavation accidents, electrocution, machines and falling objects.

Because construction workers face an ever-changing work environment, the risk of serious injury is greater than for those working in more controlled settings. However, through a comprehensive safety program including education and training, you can create a strong foundation on which to build smart, accident-free work sites.

What’s the real cost of construction injuries?
When you’re weighing the importance of dedicating time and resources to construction training and safety, be sure to consider the big picture. Job-related injuries and illnesses can result in substantial medical costs, lost-time and productivity, low morale, higher health premiums, and many other devastating effects. Consider the average cost associated with each of these leading causes of injury:

Cause of injury                                                  Average cost per injury

Falls (excluding ladders)                                                 $89,793

Hand and power tools                                                      $6,367

Lifting and/or material handling                                 $59,601

Falls from ladders                                                              $80,121

Source: MEM carpentry policyholders, 2004.

Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

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