Understanding Safety Concerns in the Construction Industry
By understanding safety on the job, you can get a better idea of what will happen in regards to your personal injury. There are many employment trends, safety requirements, and more that you should be aware of in the construction industry. In our current times, more than 6 million people work in the construction industry, which makes up 4% of the nation’s work force. In June 2014, the unemployment rate for construction workers sat at 8.2%. In 2001, there were mass layoffs in the construction industry, which still happens to this day. By 2022, the construction industry is expected to grow by 7.4 million.
Factors Counting the Most Construction Deaths
Thousands and thousands of deaths occur in the construction industry every year, making it one of the most dangerous industries. Many of these deaths were caused by the following factors:
Falls: 34.6% of deaths
Struck by an Object: 9.8% of deaths
Electrocutions: 8.1% of deaths
Caught-in/Between: 1.6% of deaths
Construction workers also face the highest rates of nonfatal injuries than any other types of workers. Of 3.3 million nonfatal injuries reported in 2009, more than 9% were experienced by construction workers. There are also many workers’ compensation claims in the industry, more so than other jobs. In fact, lost claims from employers averaged over $106,000 for roofers and $97,000 for carpenters.
There are many things you must know if you have been injured in the construction workplace. You may run into complicated issues regarding party liability, compliance and safety regulations, and more. You should speak to an attorney about your case as soon as possible. Call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi today for more information on where to turn.