Construction workers in South Carolina face an array of risks on the job. All kinds of construction work can be dangerous when dealing with large, heavy equipment and incomplete structures. In particular, trenching and excavation jobs can be dangerous, and these types of projects have involved a growing number of worker fatalities. Between 2011 and 2016, 130 workers were killed on the job while participating in trenching and excavation projects. Of these, 49 percent were killed between 2015 and 2016.
South Carolina, like most states, has a graduated driving program, meaning teens who want a license must follow steps to build their driving skills before receiving the full privileges of being a licensed driver. As states began adopting these graduated programs, accidents involving teens dropped as much as 47 percent.
Residents of South Carolina may be able to recognize times when they are fatigued during work, but some are unaware of the dangers of work-related fatigue. A survey from the National Safety Council has turned up some intriguing statistics on this matter. Approximately 69 percent of all employees feel tired at work, and those most at risk are shift workers in the manufacturing, utilities, construction and transportation industries.
There are many common hazards that can lead to falls. For instance, someone could slip on an icy sidewalk or slick floor. An individual might also fall due to a bunched-up carpet or because a cord is sticking out. However, there are ways that South Carolina residents can avoid slipping, tripping or falling at home, the store or work.