Construction workers need to know the risks. They work in a fundamental American industry, but they also have some of the highest odds of being injured or killed while at work.
To shed some light on the issue, here are a few important facts every worker should read:
- Ten percent of construction workers get hurt annually. This statistic comes straight from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Falls cause more deadly accidents than anything else in the construction industry.
- If a worker stays in the industry for 45 years, the odds of a deadly accident are a stunning one in 200.
- Some studies have found that ironworkers in particular have the highest injury rates.
- Even young workers face serious risks, as construction ranks No. 2 nationally when looking at deadly accidents involving those under 18 years old.
- Inexperience plays a role. A full 60 percent of injuries happen within the first 12 months that an employee is on the job.
- Lead poisoning is a serious issue that isn't often talked about. Around 15 percent of lead poisoning cases, nationally speaking, are from construction workers.