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Construction jobs still among the nation’s deadliest: Learn why

According to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction workers still have some of the deadliest jobs in the country.

Figures from 2016 aren’t yet available, but the 2015 figures paint a grim picture: Deaths among construction workers increased 4 percent over the year before — making it the most lethal on record so far this decade. Construction workers are the victims in about 1 out of every 5 on-the-job deaths in this country.

Perhaps even worse, the industry had been experiencing a steady decrease in worker deaths each year from 2006 to 2011, when they suddenly began to rise again a little each year.

Some construction workers are apparently more at risk than others — general laborers, carpenters, electricians, pipe layers and plumbers reported the most fatalities.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken note of the “Fatal Four” causes of on-site deaths:

  • Slips and falls
  • Getting hit by an object, such as a dropped tool
  • Electric shock
  • Crush deaths from being caught in or between equipment, falling building materials or collapsed structures

Tragically, the ordinary slip-and-fall was the root cause of almost 39 percent of construction deaths — which indicates not enough is being done to promote worker safety in this area. The majority of slip-and-fall accidents are preventable with proper precautions.

Workers should be required to have slip-resistant footwear on at all times. In addition, everyone on a job site should share in the responsibility for making sure that debris and other tripping hazards are promptly removed. Workers should also never be working above ground without the proper personal safety equipment, like harnesses.

Another thing that these figures indicate is that there are likely a distressingly high number of slip-and-fall accidents that don’t lead to death — but do cause significant disabilities. A construction worker who survives a bad fall may still suffer broken bones, paralysis (if his or her spine becomes injured in the fall) and head trauma. One false step can lead to years of surgeries, physical therapy, pain and a reduced quality of life.

If you’ve been the victim of a construction accident, talk to an attorney today about your right to compensation. You deserve fair compensation for your injuries to help you recover and care for your family while you’re unable to work.

Source: Construct Connect, “Construction Leads All Industries in Total Worker Deaths,” Kendall Jones, accessed July 28, 2017

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for a Carpenter who was injured when the scaffold he was working upon collapsed.

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for a 35 year old Cement and Concrete worker from Queens who sustained serious injuries to his back when he slipped on debris and refuse.

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$1.2 Million

for a Construction worker and young father in the Bronx who was fatally electrocuted while on a scaffold.

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for two sisters in high school who sustained serious injuries when struck by a vehicle that mounted the sidewalk in Brooklyn as they waited for the bus to take them to school.

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for a woman injured as a passenger in an accident involving a bus and a car in the Bronx.

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$777,000

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for a surgeon who sustained a broken knee in a motor vehicle accident (January, 2017).

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$660,000

verdict for a 35 year old Cement and Concrete laborer who was injured when the scaffold he was walking upon collapsed.

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$650,000

for a cement and concrete worker who slipped and fell over construction debris.

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$325,000

for a woman who sustained multiple serious injuries to her shoulder as a result of a trip and fall upon a defective sidewalk at a construction project in Manhattan.

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verdict in the exact amount demanded by our office for our client, but refused by the responsible defendants, was awarded by the jury to our client who sustained a fractured elbow as a result of a fall upon a badly broken sidewalk.

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$325,000

for a young woman who sustained a fractured ankle as a result of a fall on soapy steps in her apartment building in the Bronx.

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$495,000

for a young mother who was struck by a car while crossing the street near her home in Queens sustaining serious injuries to her leg requiring the surgical placement of a metal plate and screws.

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$600,000

for a woman who sustained multiple injuries as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident.

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$425,000

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$400,000

for a woman struck from behind by a car as she walked to a supermarket in a shopping center parking lot in Yonkers.

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$325,000

for a school principal in the Bronx who tripped and fell over a construction plate in the school parking lot.

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$300,000

for a young Cement and Concrete worker who was struck by falling debris dislodged from a building by a swinging crane.

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$250,000

for a Cement and Concrete worker injured as a result of a fall at a Manhattan construction site.

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$300,000

for a school teacher in the Bronx who sustained an injury to her shoulder when she tripped and fell due to negligently placed computer wiring.

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