Construction Accident StatisticsWhen you go to work at a construction site, you assume that all safety precautions and all safety measures have been taken by your employer. You assume that your coworkers have been properly trained, that the equipment is functioning correctly, and that you are not in danger. However, all too often this is not the case. In reality, tens of thousands of construction workers are injured while on the job each year - and on average over 1,000 die.
While many of these injuries are caused by simple accidents, others could have been prevented if not for the carelessness or negligence of someone else. Safety regulations are ignored. Dangerous equipment is not serviced. Employees are not properly trained. Dangerous areas are not marked.
Below, we have collected some shocking construction site accident statistics:
· The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that one in ten construction site workers are injured every year. The OSHA also reports that fall hazards are the leading cause of injury at construction sites.
· There are roughly 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS also reported that while falls make up the majority of the construction site accidents, contact with equipment was also a significant cause of injury for workers.
· Workers between 25 and 34 years old are the most likely to be injured in a construction site accident.
· Most construction site injuries involve construction workers' backs, spines, and trunks.
· The NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) reported in 2005 that 1,224 construction workers died on the job over the course of one year, making the construction industry the most dangerous industry in the country.
· A full 15 percent of workers' compensation costs are spent on workers who were injured while at a construction site.
If you, like so many others, have been seriously injured in a construction site accident, call an experienced construction site injury lawyer today for help.