elevator seen through windows of buildingFrom 2003 to 2016, elevator-related deaths on construction sites doubled.1 The bulk of these deaths were caused by falls down elevator shafts, but other dangers such as electrocution contributed to the growing numbers. Why are elevator deaths increasing, and what can site safety managers do to mitigate this construction site danger? Our site safety experts at The Safety Group share insight on reducing this danger.


Why are Elevators So Dangerous on Construction Sites?

Elevator shafts and elevators themselves are some of the more hazardous construction site dangers. This is because elevator dangers are compounded by heights. Falling from several stories is a dangerous prognosis for anyone, and this is the most common elevator danger. But other dangers also occur, including electrocution or compression.2

Elevator dangers are especially deadly due to the added height of elevator shafts and the necessity to take safety measures at every single floor.


Tips for Preventing Elevator and other Construction Site Dangers

Site safety managers can help reduce elevator construction site dangers by ensuring openings to elevator shafts are properly blocked off. By controlling access to clearly marked elevator shafts, site managers can greatly reduce the likelihood of elevator dangers.

Proper safety training is also key. Most of the workers who are fatally injured in elevator-related accidents have been working in the industry for less than 3 months.2 Proper environmental training and OSHA courses can help ensure that these new workers understand the proper safety protocol for their line of work. Greater training can significantly reduce elevator dangers and improve construction site safety.


Improving Construction Safety

At The Safety Group, we are committed to helping reduce construction site dangers, including elevator dangers. We provide OSHA training, safety training, environmental training, and safety consulting services to mitigate risks throughout your site.

Elevator safety is a common danger among many jobsites, which is why it’s important to develop appropriate safety protocols for these risks in advance. Proper signs, limiting elevator access, and ensuring all workers are fully trained on OSHA safety standards can help reduce elevator dangers on construction sites. Contact our site safety experts today for more guidance in mitigating risk on your site.




  1. CPWR – Deaths and Injuries Involving Elevators
  2. Construction Dive – Report: Elevator-related construction deaths on the rise