Construction Site Accident Statistics

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Construction Site Accident Statistics

Construction sites are often associated with higher accident statistics and incident rates. This may be due to the nature of construction, as workers are constantly exposed to dangers that other workers do not experience. While construction is a complex industry, construction accidents tend to involve a few major types of work- related injuries. Below are some construction site accident statistics. These are both non-fatal and fatal statistics derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Work-related injuries may be defined as an event or exposure to a work environment which either caused or contributed to the final condition of injury. These also include aggravations of pre-existing injuries or conditions.

Non-Fatal Construction Site Injury Statistics

According to the type of incident, injuries per 10,000 workers in 2012 were caused by:

Fatal Construction Site Accidents

There were 775 total deaths in construction in the year 2012. This accounts for 19.6% of total fatalities for all industries in 2012.

The leading causes of fatal construction site accidents are called the "Fatal Four". These four causes are:

  1. Falls (278 deaths; 36% of total construction site deaths in 2012) (78 deaths; 10% of total deaths in 2012)
  2. Struck by an object (66 deaths; 9% of total deaths in 2012)
  3. Electrocution (13 deaths; 2% of total deaths in 2012 )
  4. Caught in between objects

Most Common OSHA Violations

In 2013, the ten most common OSHA violations in the industry of construction were:

To summarize, the most common causes of non-fatal construction site injuries are contact with objects and falls to lower levels of building construction. For fatal accidents, falls and objects are also the leading causes. On the whole, OSHA and other sources report that the overall statistics for construction sites have been steadily declining since the 1970’s.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Construction Site Accidents?

Injuries sustained at a construction site can sometimes be very serious or even fatal. If you or a loved one has been affected by a construction site accident, you may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer for advice. Your attorney can help you file a claim and can represent you in court during the process. Also, if you have any specific questions regarding health and safety violations, your attorney can help conduct an investigation.

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Last Modified: 03-16-2015 04:33 PM PDT

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