Approximately 5 percent of the nation’s workforce is employed by the construction industry. Despite this relatively low number, the industry accounts for nearly 20 percent of the nation’s fatal workplace accidents. Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs there is if you look at the statistics.
There are thousands of injuries and deaths recorded in the construction business each year. The dynamic nature of the job means that an accident can occur at any moment. Because of this, the majority of construction companies have strict safety protocols in place that are designed to protect their employees.
Even with these protocols in place, there are more than 3 million incidents reported each year. Close to 5,000 of these incidents result in someone’s death. With these new statistics in mind, there are a variety of things to be aware of.
The construction industry reports more than 68,000 falls each year. It should come as no surprise that the leading cause of death among construction workers is a fall from tall heights.
Slips and Trips
Every year, more than 30,000 construction workers are injured after slipping or tripping on site. Cables that are not properly marked, uneven surfaces and obstructed routes all contribute to these accidents.
If you are a construction worker, look up. More than 150,000 workers are injured each year due to something falling from above.
There are over 60,000 car accidents on construction sites or involving construction vehicles on a yearly basis. Accidents may occur because of distracted driving, improperly loaded vehicles or even a lack of sleep.
If you work in the construction industry or own a construction company, it is important that you keep these statistics in mind. The best way to protect yourself is to arm yourself with knowledge and take the appropriate precautions.
If you have been the victim of one of the thousands of construction accidents in North Carolina, call our offices today. A member of our team will review the facts of your case at no charge to you and advise you how to proceed in a way that is most beneficial to you and your family. Call now.