While it may still seem like we are still on the tail end of winter, spring will soon be coming around the corner, and, in Wisconsin, this means many construction projects will begin. It should come as no surprise that work performed in the construction industry can be dangerous. The following are some statistics regarding common workplace injuries.
According to the U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in 2017, 20.7 percent of all workplace fatalities in the private industry took place in the construction industry. Not including highway collisions, the most common fatal injuries in the construction industry include falls, being hit by an object, being electrocuted and being caught in or between machinery. OSHA refers to these injuries as the "Fatal Four" and they comprised almost 60 percent of all construction worker fatalities in 2017.
In that year, over 39 percent of construction worker fatalities were due to falls. Over eight percent occurred when a worker was struck by an object. Over seven percent were caused by electrocutions, while over five percent were due to workers being caught in or between heavy machinery, materials or structures.
It is estimated that eliminating the "Fatal Four" could prevent as many as 582 worker deaths in the U.S. annually. However, even workers who take every safety precaution could still suffer a workplace injury, some of which are fatal. When this happens, workers or their loved ones may want to work with a workplace injury law firm, to determine what their legal options are moving forward.