According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 930 private sector construction deaths during 2015. Sadly, this represents an increase in the number of construction fatalities in comparison to 2014, when 899 workers in this group passed away. In Richmond, New York, and all parts of the U.S., it is essential for those employed in the construction industry to understand how widespread these accidents are and take preventative measures.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that there are four primary causes of fatal construction accidents. These causes, which consist of electrocution, becoming caught in-between, falling and being struck by objects, account for more than half of the deadly construction-related accidents that take place per year. In fact, it is estimated that preventing all occurrences of these four types of accidents would result in over 600 fewer fatalities each year.
Furthermore, falling is a major reason why many construction workers pass away in a jobsite accident. Out of 937 people who passed away in private sector construction accidents over the course of 2015, 364 of them lost their lives after they fell. On the job, there are a myriad of hazards that may lead to an accident and leave construction workers with serious injuries or claim their lives.
Keeping an eye out for any dangers that are present and ensuring that workers are properly trained is important. However, some accidents happen regardless of the safety precautions that are taken and it is vital for workers and their families to explore their options after an accident.