Over the years it has been established that construction workers have a high-risk work environment. At all times, they remain vulnerable to accidents, which may lead to minor to major injuries and may even be fatal. These injuries can impact their lives, affect their day to day lives, and even restrict them from working. These consequences have a dire impact on the worker’s life. Construction accident attorneys across the country have witnessed a significant increase in cases of construction-related injuries among workers.
What do the numbers say?
Statistics also draw a very grim picture. Construction work-related injuries, especially fatalities are on the rise. Sadly, they’re the highest since 2007. A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics titled “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2019” states that there were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2019. This means that a worker died nearly every 100 minutes in 2019. Among the types of workers within the construction industry, it emerged that it was the drivers/sales workers and truck drivers who saw the highest occupational fatalities since 2003 at a shocking 1005 occupation fatalities in 2019. Moreover, falls, slips, and trips also increased by 11 percent in 2019.
In terms of the nature of work within the industry, the data suggests that it is fishing and hunting workers followed by logging workers, flight engineers, and roofers who were at the highest risk of work-related fatalities. A comparison between private-sector and government-owned construction work suggested that a higher increase in worker fatalities was observed among private-sector construction workers with a rise of 5 percent in fatalities – the highest since 2007.
What to do if you’re in a construction-related accident as a worker?
Construction-related accidents can be of various types and be caused due to various reasons. It could be due to a result of an employer’s negligence to enforce safety measures, faulty equipment, or harmful chemicals you’re exposed to at work.
If you’re a construction worker and a victim of an accident due to someone’s negligence, you’re owed fair compensation for your physical injuries, mental trauma, and all other associated impacts. We recommend you hire an injury attorney to represent you.
Why do you need a top injury lawyer in case of an accident at a construction site?
In most cases, the employer or another party at-fault my try to settle the case by providing only the workers’ compensation but you deserve more. The injury attorney you hire must ensure that they take all tangible and intangible factors into account while identifying a just and fair settlement for you.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a construction worker due to someone’s negligence, you need the top injury lawyer, contact Siler & Ingber today. Call us on 1-877-529-4343 or complete our online form on this page to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced construction accident attorneys. Our consultation is free and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case