Safety is the primary concern for any employer. Worker's Comp insurance is a very large component of overhead expense and it really does pay, literally, to work safely and train your team members to the same. OSHA notes that falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities and 21% of all fatalities are in the construction sector which speaks to jobsite safety challenges for many of us.
In 2016, out of 4,693 worker fatalities in the private industry 991 or 21.1% were in construction -- that is, one in five worker deaths. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were fall, followed by struck by an object, electrocution, and caught in/between. These "Fatal Four" were responsible for more than half (67.3%) the construction death in 2016. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 631 workers' lives in America every year.