Construction Accident Statistics that will Blow Your Mind
Construction is a dangerous industry to be part of. So much so, that it is driving away great talent. As the industry continues to evolve and employ modern safety protocols, it is getting more difficult to keep up with the statistics that truly describe the status of this industry’s safety. Hold on to your seats— listed below are some of the latest statistics that may stun you.
1. Top 4 causes of death of construction workers:
According to the US Department of Labor, in 2015, more than 60% of construction worker mortality was due to the following:
- Being struck by an object
- Caught-in or between objects or equipment
2. Almost all construction workers are predicted to have a work-related injury during their lifetime.
This is based on a report published by Safety and Health researchers. They also highlighted that a construction worker has 1/200 chance of being implicated in a fatal injury and a 75% chance of getting a disabling injury within 45 years of their career.
3. Construction workers account for a major portion of work-related deaths.
Did you know that construction workers are only 4% of the workforce? Yet, 21% of the total worker deaths are attributed to the construction industry.
4. Fall protection is the most frequently violated OSHA standard.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recorded the most frequently violated standards during FY 2017. Fall protection made it as the number 1 on the list. Other standards in the list include:
- Hazard communication
- Respiratory protection
- Controlling hazardous energy
5. Ironwork: Top fatality rates in the construction industry.
In 2008, AOL conducted a survey to target the jobs with the highest fatality rates. Ironwork represented the construction industry with an extreme fatality rate of 46.4. Shockingly, this comes close to half of the construction workers in the industry.
6. Construction Industry: No. 2 in the U.S. for fatal injuries among workers aged 18 and below:
A group of researchers examined OSHA data for fatal work injuries from 1984 to 1998. It was seen that the construction industry comes 2nd to agriculture when it comes to yearly fatal injuries among workers aged 18 years and below.
7. More than half of construction injuries happen during the worker’s first year of employment.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), experienced employees have lower accident rates, as they are more mindful of the dangers in the workplace.
8. Roofs are the top cause of death among construction workers
In 2015, the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries claimed that roofs were identified as the main cause of death in 106 construction workers. Half of those were due to roof edges.
9. Fatalities due to road construction have decreased since 2005
To end with some good news, in a report published by the Federal Highway Administration, road construction fatalities have steadily declined from 165 in 2005, to 119 in 2014.
Construction safety: There is still a lot of work to be done
The number of deaths related to the construction industry is still increasing over the years. There is a great need to improve safety practices in the workplace. This is the best method to lower fatal injuries, and protect the construction workers.
Have you been involved in a construction accident and need legal representation? A personal injury attorney in California is your best option. Contact Matt Fleming today.