OSHA: Uptick in Jobsite Injuries and Deaths

As the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration keeps a watchful eye on workplace safety, one statistic is raising a red flag. There’s a growing number of less experienced workers getting injured and dying on jobsites. Dean McKenzie, deputy director of OSHA’s directorate for construction, says an increase in construction-related deaths in the past two years could be attributed to the skilled labor shortage and economy. “The increase of construction activity is a normal cycle and we’ve been able to historically document that after a downturn in the market and work picks back up, you get a lot of people going back into an early workplace market. And just because you go in doesn’t mean you have the experience and training to be in that role,” he explains.




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