The construction industry is crucially important to the growth and development
of our country. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous professions
around. As many Americans take for granted the achievements of construction
workers in their hectic day-to-day lives, few realize just how dangerous
their jobs are. All it takes is a glance at some statistics to understand
that employees in the construction industry face real hazards - and many of them.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency
tasked with assuring safe and healthful working conditions for millions
of American workers. In an effort to improve workplace safety, OSHA continually
collects data concerning
on-the-job accidents, injuries, and deaths. At a glance, it’s clear
construction is one of the most dangerous sectors around:
- Approximately 20% of the approximate 3,929 private industry worker deaths
involved workers in construction.
- 1 in 5 workers deaths death occurred in the construction industry.
Because these statistics are consistently high and alarming, OSHA takes
a closer look at construction industry deaths and their causes. Throughout
the years, they’ve found that a certain few types of accidents cause
a large percentage of worker fatalities. In 2013, for example, OSHA noted
that the four most common causes of construction worker fatalities - or
Fatal Four” - accounted for over half of all construction deaths in 2013.
According to OSHA, the “Fatal Four” include:
Falls - Falls accounted for nearly 37% of all construction worker deaths in
2013. These falls typically involve cranes, elevated construction sites,
ladders, and scaffolding.
Struck by object - Stuck by object accidents occur when various tools or pieces of equipment
commonly found on construction sites strike and injure workers. These
objects commonly include tools that are dropped or fall from heights.
Electrocutions - Construction sites are filled with open wiring and unfinished electrical
components that pose a hazard to all workers. As a result, electrocutions
are common, accounting for about 9% of construction worker deaths in 2013.
Caught-in / between - Caught-in or between accidents can kill construction workers in a number
of ways. Typically, these accidents involve cranes and other heavy construction
equipment or machinery.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our legal team is
committed to fighting on behalf of construction workers who suffered injuries
on the job - as well as families who have lost loved ones in fatal construction
accidents. If you have questions about your rights and how our team of
injury lawyers in Houston can help you,
contact our firm today for a FREE case review.