7 critical facts about construction accidents

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.

What can workers do to stay safe? Following safety guidelines helps tremendously. For example, one of the most common violations seen by OSHA is for not using proper fall protection. It stands to reason that protective gear can reduce deadly accidents.

Even so, workers can't avoid all of the risks on the job. They're inherent to the industry. Those who are hurt need to know all of the legal rights that they have when facing high medical bills, lost wages and more.

Source: Capterra, "13 Shocking Construction Injury Statistics," Rachel Burger, accessed Nov. 17, 2017

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