As a construction worker, you face many different hazards in the workplace. From electrocution to falls and exposure to dangerous chemicals, those who work in various trades face the risk of serious injury or even death when things go wrong.
Unfortunately, many construction accidents take place as a result of careless contractors, negligent building owners and even companies that manufacture equipment.
Data on deadly construction accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fatal construction accidents resulted in 5,333 worker deaths over the course of 2019. Furthermore, construction worker deaths accounted for nearly 20% of all private-sector worker fatalities throughout 2019. To look at these statistics in another way, roughly 15 construction workers lost their lives each day during 2019, and 3.5 out of every 1,000 full-time equivalent construction workers died in accidents.
Tragically, many fatal construction accidents, as well as those that result in serious injuries, are preventable.
Addressing a construction accident
It is pivotal to go over your options if you sustained an injury on the job as a result of another party’s negligence, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident. Make sure you review the details surrounding the accident and carefully assess your circumstances if you need compensation to help with funeral costs, medical bills, lost wages and other hardships.
The victims of these accidents and their families deserve justice and should hold negligent parties answerable. Sadly, no amount of money can make up for the impact of a deadly construction accident, and more workers will lose their lives due to carelessness.