In 2014 there was 4,386 worker fatalities in the private industry and 20.5% were in construction. These were the four most common reasons for construction industry deaths:
- The most common cause of construction accidents is falls. In 2014 falls accounted for 39.9% of all construction industry deaths.
- Electrocutions was the most second most common reason for construction industry deaths, 8.2%, in 2014.
- Being struck by an object was the most third most common reason for construction industry deaths, 8.1%, in 2014.
- Getting caught-in/between objects was the most fourth most common reason for construction industry deaths, 1.3%, in 2014.
The fatality rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average for all industries. It is important for all employers and employees to be aware of common accidents and safety precautions. For more information about safety you can visit the OSHA Construction Safety Series.
If you need legal assistance for construction accidents you can contact Spiegel, Brown, & Fichera, LLP.