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According to the National Center for Personal Injury Protection and Control, one out of every 10 US construction workers is accidentally injured every year. In 2003, 400,000 people suffered construction accident injuries so severe that they were forced to miss work that same year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2005 a total of 4.2 million injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry workplaces, and about 2.2 million of these required days off work or restricted duties. By far, the most common accident at construction sites is a fall, either on the same level

or from significant height. While the most serious construction injuries are caused by falling from great heights, strained or sprained arms, legs, and backs are very common construction injuries; usually a result of lifting heavy objects. In fact, the back is the part of the body most frequently injured at work accounting for nearly 25 percent of all work-related. With proper safety training and careful supervision and, most constuction site injuries can be avoided. With so many working in the construction industry (about 7.3 million folks) we really owe it to all of them to make safety job one.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Worksite Injuries.

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