In spite of the federal and state governments creating heavy regulations to protect construction workers, construction related accident statistics remain staggeringly high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction work is the second most dangerous occupation. Of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2015, as many as 937 were in construction. This translates to an alarming 21.4% of the total fatalities.
Construction’s “Fatal Four”
There are 4 major causes of construction accidents which were responsible for more than half (64.2%) of construction worker deaths in 2015. Eliminating these ‘fatal four’ would save 602 workers’ lives in America every year.
- Struck by Object
- Caught in between
The OSHA standard of protection is most violated with respect to falls, which are the greatest cause of fatal construction injuries. In 2015, falls from construction accidents caused 364 out of a total of 937 construction deaths. This amounts to 38.8% of all construction site fatal deaths in the same year.
In 2015, 90 people died at construction sites by being struck by objects. This is 9.6% of all construction deaths in the same year.
Electrocution takes the life of 81 construction people in a year, which is 8.6% of all construction accident deaths.
This category includes construction workers killed when caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structures, equipment, or materials. These accidents, which constitute 7.2 % of all construction accident deaths, cause 67 deaths in a year.
Construction Accident Statistics
- One in ten construction workers is injured every year.
- Over the course of a 45 year career, a construction worker has a 1 in 200 chances of dying.
- Iron work has the highest number of injuries in construction site accidents.
- Sixty percent of construction workplace injuries occur within the employee’s first year of employment.
- Exposure accounts for 15.7% of all construction injuries.
- Construction workers account for 15% of reported lead poisoning in the United States.
If you or a loved one is injured in a construction site accident, take quick action to protect your rights. Attorneys Eric Reinken and Brooke Goff will do everything possible to maximize the amount of benefits you receive. Call 203-541-0090