Construction and Installation - National Safety Council

Construction and Installation

12% of Non-roadway Fatalities*

Construction and installation includes the assembling, installing, dismantling, demolishing or moving of equipment structures, buildings and other infrastructure elements. Examples of hazards involved in this work include falls, electrical hazards, struck-by incidents, transportation-related risks and more. 

Survey Says: The NSC 2020 Safety Technology in the Workplace Survey shows: 41% of workers surveyed were exposed to hazards during construction and installation jobs, and 24% said construction and installation has caused or contributed to a serious injury in their workplace. 

The information in each section below is listed in the order of relevance to the hazardous situation.

Situational risks – inherent to the situation or proximate cause of injury
  • Fall to lower level
  • Control of energy
  • Electrocution
  • Struck by machinery 
  • Trench collapse
  • Crushing risks
  • Struck by vehicle
Systemic risks – contribute to injury but are not direct causes
  • Leadership failure
  • Lack of training
  • Lack of workplace awareness
  • Fatigue
  • Low visibility
  • Terrain dangers
  • Machine guard failures
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