New Report Released on Construction Site Injuries and Deaths
A new report released this week (April 5th) on construction site injuries—titled “Preventing Fatalities in the Construction Industry”—has revealed shocking details about injuries in the construction industry. Several findings—including the fact that small companies have more deaths on work sites than larger companies—have turned conventional wisdom about injuries in the construction industry on its head.
Research for the report was done by the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, but also drew upon data gathered by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Contrary to previous assumptions that work deaths are most likely to occur between 9am and 1pm, the study instead found that, in general, the most dangerous hours at construction sites are between 10am and 3pm (with accidents being most common during the noon hour).
Small Companies & Falls Account For Most Fatalities
The report also revealed that, during the study period (between 2010 and 2012), companies with nine or fewer employees accounted for close to 50 percent of the entire industry’s fatalities, with workers between the ages of 35 and 54 accounting for 50 percent of the worksite deaths and the highest fatality rate found amongst those who were 65 years or older.
Although the report highlighted new information, it also reinforced previous statistics indicating that falls are still the leading cause of deaths in the construction industry, accounting for 33 percent of all fatalities during the study period.
The report suggests that, in an effort to help prevent construction site injuries and deaths, construction employers could take simple steps to prevent construction site fatalities, such as scheduling safety meetings for noon each day and taking affirmative steps to help educate workers about the times of day that correlate with the highest number of accidents and fatalities on construction sites.
Terrible Construction Site Accident Supports Report’s Findings
This report came out one day after a horrendous accident on the construction site of a new car dealership, whereby one worker was crushed to death after a six-foot concrete wall topped onto him, with other workers escaping with injuries. In accordance with this report’s findings, the incident happened shortly before 12:20 pm as the worker was taking his lunch break. The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration will now investigate the accident, which usually takes between three to six months, and formulate a conclusion as to whether there were violations of state workplace safety and health regulations.
Fort Lauderdale Construction Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured on a construction site—or suffered a loss due to a fatality—you need to speak with an experienced construction accident lawyer right away to find out what your rights and options are.
At Friedland & Associates, our attorneys diligently examine each case to identify the parties that should be held liable for the injuries you’ve suffered or the wrongful death your family has suffered. We fight aggressively for our clients to obtain the maximum possible recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.