If you work in the construction industry, of have a family member or other loved one in that type of career, you need to have a decent understanding of the risks presented by working in this type of environment. With that in mind, there are seven fundamental construction accident facts you need to know and appreciate.
Most Common Type of Fatal Construction Accident
By a considerable margin, the most commonplace type of construction accident is a fall of some sort. In fact, just over 39 percent of all fatal construction accidents in the United States are the result of a fall, usually a fall from a high place at a site. In the last year a full set of statistical data is available, falls caused 381 out of 971 fatal construction accidents, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.
Risk of Being Killed at a Construction Site
Another key fact you need to understand about working in the construction industry is the underlying risk of being killed at work. During a 45-year career in the construction industry (which is the length of a full career in construction) a worker has a risk of one out of 200 of being killed while at work. This data was compiled by Safety and Health Magazine.
Deadliest Job in the Construction Industry
Those involved in roofing have the most dangerous jobs in the construction industry in the United States. In fact, roofing is ranked as the fourth deadliest job in the world, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS.
State with the Most Fatal Construction Accidents
Texas is the state with the most fatal construction accidents at this juncture in time, according to Capterra.
State with the Least Fatal Construction Accidents
At the other end of the spectrum, the state Maine reports the lowest number of fatal construction accidents.
Rate of Unreported Construction Accidents
In the grand scheme of things, it is impossible to precisely conclude how many construction accidents go unreported in any given year. In some instances, an unreported accident may initially be one that seems minor. The reality is that an injury from a construction accident that seems minor at the outset can prove to be a major injury over time.
A traumatic brain injury is a prime example. There are many, many times each year in which a construction accident results in what seems to be a minor traumatic brain injury. In the final analysis, the traumatic brain injury in question may prove to be serious or even fatal.
OSHA has made a rough estimate of the rate of unreported construction accidents in the United States. The workplace safety agency believes that about 50 percent of all workplace injuries are never reported, even when reporting is explicitly required by law.
Types of Companies Where Fatal Construction Accidents Occur
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 50 percent of all fatal construction accidents involve workers employed by companies with 10 or fewer employees. This cohort includes those individuals who are self-employed and work individually at job sites in their own capacity.
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