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March 3-7, 2026

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5 Ways to Prevent Serious Injury and Fatality on Jobsites



A safe workplace is not a privilege, it is a right. Despite advances in technology and stricter safety regulations, data shows that serious injuries and fatalities remain a significant concern for construction workers across the industry. Keeping workers safe is a contractors’ number one responsibility.


The construction industry leads the way in on-the-job fatalities, and the rate of fatal injuries in construction has remained nearly the same for the past 10 years.

Falls, slips and trips are the leading cause of fatal injuries in construction, accounting for about 35% of all fatalities in the industry. Struck-by-object incidents and electrocutions followed, contributing to a substantial portion of the fatalities. Known as the “Fatal Four,” many of these deaths are preventable with proper training.

Leaders across the industry must understand these numbers and be proactive to create safe working conditions for every worker, every day.


  1. Implement Comprehensive Safety Training Programs
    Safety training is the cornerstone of preventing serious injuries and fatalities. Every construction worker should receive thorough training on job site hazards, proper equipment use, and emergency response procedures. Regular refresher courses are equally important to keep workers updated on the latest safety practices and regulations.
    Actionable Item: Establish a mandatory safety training schedule for all employees, including new hires and veterans. Utilize resources from organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for up-to-date training materials.
  2. Enforce the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    PPE is essential in protecting workers from injuries. Hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and fall protection gear can significantly reduce the risk of serious injuries.
    Actionable Item: Conduct regular inspections to ensure all workers are wearing appropriate PPE. Provide training on the correct usage and maintenance of PPE.
  3. Conduct Regular Safety Audits and Inspections
    Routine safety audits and inspections can identify potential hazards before they result in injuries. These should be conducted by trained safety professionals who can provide objective assessments of the job site.
    Actionable Item: Schedule monthly safety audits and surprise inspections. Use a checklist to ensure all aspects of job site safety are reviewed.
  4. Foster a Safety-First Culture
    Creating a culture that prioritizes safety over productivity can lead to significant reductions in injuries and fatalities. Encourage workers to report unsafe conditions and reward those who consistently follow safety protocols.
    Actionable Item: Develop a safety incentive program that recognizes and rewards employees for adhering to safety standards and reporting hazards.
  5. Utilize Technology and Innovation
    Advancements in technology can play a pivotal role in enhancing job site safety. Drones, for instance, can be used to inspect hard-to-reach areas, while wearable technology can monitor workers' health and alert them to potential hazards.
    Actionable Item: Invest in technology that enhances safety, such as drones for site inspections and wearable devices that monitor vital signs and environmental conditions.

As the backbone of the industry, contractors have the power and responsibility to lead the charge in making job sites safer for everyone.




  1. OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics Page
    OSHA provides extensive resources on various safety topics, including fall protection, electrical safety, and personal protective equipment. These resources are invaluable for developing and maintaining effective safety programs.
    Resource Link: OSHA Safety and Health Topic
  2. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    NIOSH offers a wealth of information on workplace safety and health, including research findings, best practices, and training materials tailored for the construction industry.
    Resource Link: NIOSH Construction Safety
  3. The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)
    CPWR is dedicated to reducing injuries and fatalities in the construction industry through research, training, and service programs. Their website offers a variety of resources, including safety training modules and research reports.
    Resource Link: CPWR


A proactive approach to safety saves lives. Ensuring the safety of construction workers is not just a regulatory requirement; it's a moral imperative. As the backbone of the industry, contractors have the power and responsibility to lead the charge in making job sites safer for everyone.


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