The construction industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in the US. Although there are federal regulations in place to enforce safety precautions, construction accidents continue to happen. If you have been injured - or a loved one has died – due to an accident at the workplace, consult with a Morristown NJ Workers’ Comp lawyer.
Construction Accident Statistics in the US
The mandate of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to set and enforce rules regarding safe working conditions nationwide. Working alongside the United States Department of Labor, OSHA is also tasked with inspecting worksites and investigating employee complaints.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 802 construction accidents in 2010 that resulted in a fatality. This statistic includes building and engineering projects, as well as new projects, additions, alterations, and maintenance. Of the over 4,000 workplace fatalities in the same year, nearly 20% occurred in the construction industry.
In addition to fatalities, the BLS has compiled data for illnesses by exposure in the workplace and injuries sustained due to catastrophic events. Four of every 100 full-time construction workers were affected by an injury or illness in 2010.
The Fatal Four Construction Accidents
The BLS reports that there are four common construction site related accidents that have resulted in worker fatalities:
- Falls from a height (34% of fatalities);
- Electrocution (10%);
- Struck by an object (8%); and
- Caught in or between an object (4%).
The BLS estimates that preventing the fatal four would save 437 construction workers lives per year. The most prevalent OSHA violations involved inadequate scaffolding requirements and fall protection.
Protect your Rights by Consulting with a Morristown NJ Workers’ Comp Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed while working on a construction site, you do have rights. You may be entitled to various Workers’ Compensation benefits such as medical treatment and lost wages. If another party other than your employer was responsible for the accident, you could be entitled to other types of compensation that will go above and beyond the benefits provided for Workers’ Comp.
Since 1992, Manfred F. Ricciardelli Jr. has specialized in Workers’ Compensation law. With a background working as an attorney for a major insurance company in the Workers’ Compensation department, Mr. Ricciardelli has a unique perspective on insurance company defense tactics. To schedule a complementary consultation, call 973-285-1100 today.