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What Commercial Site Accidents Are Common in Construction?

What Commercial Site Accidents Are Common in Construction?

What commercial site accidents are most common in the construction industry? What recourse do workers have against employers who put them in harm's way? Construction workers accounted for 21% of workplace fatalities in the United States in 2018. Falls, strikes by objects, electrocutions, and caught in or between objects were the leading causes of death in the industry and claimed a total of 1,008 lives that year. When employers ignore risks and flaunt safety regulations, construction workers can report these violations and pursue compensation for injuries caused by the employer's negligence.

Workplace Deaths in the Construction Industry

Falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers. In 2018, 338 construction workers died in falls. These include falls from scaffolding and ladders, rafters, and rooftops, as well as falls into trenches. In 2017, 51% of all fatal falls in the United States were suffered by construction workers.

Strikes by objects killed 112 construction workers in 2018. This represented 11% of construction worker fatalities for the year. Strike by objects include strikes by flying objects, strikes by falling objects, strikes by swinging objects, and strikes by rolling objects.

Electrocutions caused 86 fatalities in 2018. The 5.5% of construction deaths that occurred because of electrocution included electricians and journeymen, as well as plumbers, roofers, and others who made contact with improperly grounded or secured wires, overhead power lines, or unmarked underground cables.

Caught in or between objects claimed the lives of 55 construction workers in 2018. These types of accidents include individuals trapped between fixed structures and machinery, motor vehicles, construction vehicles, etc. It also included construction workers who were killed in trench collapses that occurred when improper or deficient shoring structures were utilized.

Who Is at Greatest Risk of Injury?

Men represented 97.3% of all construction injuries in 2018. A total of 19,410 workers between the ages of 35-44 suffered nonfatal injuries, followed by 18,580 between the ages of 25-34. A total of 15,790 individuals between the ages of 45-54 were injured.

Individuals involved directly in the construction or extraction process were at the greatest risk of injury in 2018. In all, 59,860 individuals were injured performing these tasks. This was followed by 9,200 nonfatal injuries suffered by individuals performing installation, maintenance, or repair tasks. Transportation accidents caused 2,870 nonfatal injuries.

The most common commercial site injuries for construction workers include sprains and strains, cuts, lacerations, puncture wounds, bone fractures, contusions/concussions, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Liability for Commercial Site Accidents

Employers have a duty of care to protect their employees from commercial site accidents. This includes providing proper protective equipment, adhering to OSHA safety standards, and effectively monitoring the work site for potential safety hazards. When employers fail in this duty, construction workers have the right to report safety violations to state and federal regulatory agencies. Construction workers in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas also have the right to pursue compensation for personal injuries, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, etc. that are the result of the employer's negligence.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Brad Pistotnik is a workplace safety attorney who represents clients injured in commercial site accidents in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. Our team will help you recover the compensation you are entitled to receive for your personal injuries, property damage, and the wrongful deaths caused by a negligent employer. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.