Construction jobs are some of the most dangerous around. Every year, thousands of workers are injured or killed on the job. Technology, training and equipment have improved, but both employers and workers should understand the risks involved. This helps lower the rate of preventable accidents on the job.
The statistics below demonstrate who is most likely to be injured, and how. If you’re injured in a construction accident, be sure to call a workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney. You may be eligible for compensation, which can defray medical costs, lost income and more.
Common construction job injuries
Construction job fatalities make up about 20 percent of all worker fatalities in the United States, yet construction workers make up less than eight percent of the total U.S. workforce.
There are four main causes of workplace injury and death: falls, electrocution, being caught or crushed in between objects and being struck by an object. Of this “fatal four,” falls are the most common cause of injury and death.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 34 percent of all construction deaths are from falls. They estimate that if falls could be eliminated, it would save up to 300 lives per year.
Who is most likely to be injured?
Construction workers between the ages of 25-34 are statistically more likely to suffer an injury, according to the National Safety Council. However, injury and illness rose 24 percent across the board in 2020. 60 percent of injured workers are hurt during their first year on the job.
Safety training considerations
Physical health and safety on the job site depends on thorough safety training and following protocol. OSHA reports that for every dollar invested in safety training, companies save four to six dollars. However, 58 percent of construction workers believe their employers are more interested in productivity than safety. 47 percent are afraid to report safety issues.
If you work in construction, you can and should report safety issues, even if you’re afraid of being fired. Because construction is such a dangerous field, speaking up could save lives—including your own.
Should you be injured on the job, filing a workers’ compensation claim and working with an attorney is crucial. An experienced attorney can help you find legal remedies for your injuries, whether that’s a workers’ compensation claim, lawsuit or other solution. Construction work is a dangerous job, and you deserve an advocate.
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