Construction worker fatalities hit the highest levels since before the Recession. As the economy continues to grow, it also means more opportunities for work, including in construction. Sadly, while construction is a big driver in the economy, it is also responsible for a substantial number of fatalities and severe injuries. As the economy continues to improve, the number of construction injuries will rise.
But it is also crucial to keep in mind that, overall, workers' injuries are the lowest they have been since the 1970s. In the 70s, about 14,000 people were killed in the workplace a year. Nowadays, that number is around 5,000. A combination of expanded safety regulations and improved technology have drastically reduced the total number of workplace injuries.
But not all injuries share in that downward trend. In addition to construction, logging and transportation have both experienced increases in workplace injuries and fatalities.
While construction site accidents compose a plurality of the workplace injuries and fatalities, it isn't the most dangerous by all measurements. For instance, logging is responsible for more injuries at 133 injuries per 100,000. Furthermore, truck drivers suffered the greatest number of fatalities at 885 accidents per 100,000 drivers.
Construction site accidents are, unfortunately, still too common. Many workers, nearly 1,000, are killed every year. If you were injured, a lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries. You shouldn't have to pay for your medical bills, you were the victim. An experienced lawyer can help you get fair compensation and back to normal.