Anyone working in the construction industry needs to be aware of shocking news that was recently revealed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau’s 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that there was a six percent increase in construction fatalities between 2015 and 2016. In an industry that is already known for its dangers, this is sobering news. In fact, during that time, the construction industry counted 991 deaths – the highest of any industry. That number is equal to almost 20 percent of all work-related fatalities for 2016.
A large number of construction-industry deaths – almost 64 percent – fall into four categories. Those categories, known as the “Fatal Four” by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), are falls, struck-by incidents, electrocution, and caught-in/between accidents.
With struck-by accidents, most happen within the parameters of the project, but some are caused by outside forces, such as motorists who strike a worker while traveling through a work zone. Some experts would agree that highway construction projects that take place at night are particularly dangerous because of poorer visibility and the increased chance of encountering a driver who is distracted, sleep-deprived, or inebriated. Although many construction sites use positive protection measures to improve safety, this is still a high-risk area of construction.
Falls continue to be the leading cause of accidental death on construction sites. That may be because failure to provide proper fall protection was the most-cited construction-industry violation on OSHA’s preliminary version of its annual list.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, please call the New Jersey construction accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance required to fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, and we represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey.