According to a news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) released on December 16th, there were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2019. This is a 2 percent increase from the 5, 250 deaths in 2018 and overall the largest annual number since 2007. Moreover, there were 1,061 construction on-the-job reported deaths in 2019, 5 percent more than in 2018 according to the annual National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries as reported by BLS.
The private construction industry is still one the most dangerous industries with a fatality rate of 9.7 deaths per 100,000 construction workers in 2019 as compared to 3.5 deaths per 100,000 average for all industries in the same year. The rate of fatality in private construction was .2 percent lower in 2018.
Rate of Fatality Highest Amongst Construction Trade Helpers and Roofers
Roofers and construction trade helpers were recorded to have the highest rate of fatality among all construction workers in 2019. Roofers had a rate of 54 deaths per 100,000 workers followed by 40 for the construction trade helpers and 26.3 for the structural iron and steel workers. Roofers are at a greater rate of risk for dangerous activities amongst all construction workers. However, among all industries, hunters and fisherman have the highest death rate with 145 fatalities per 100,000 workers followed by logging workers and aircraft pilots and flight engineers.
Other Causes of Construction Related Deaths
Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide fall fatality numbers, which is the number one cause of fatal accidents in the construction industry, it does provide a list of other causes for construction-related deaths, including:
167 workers dying from exposure to harmful substances and environment including electricity and extreme temperature
- 146 construction workers died after being struck or caught in between objects.
- 146 workers dying in accidents involving a motor land vehicle
- 34 workers dying in accidents involving an object different than a vehicle
- 25 workers dying in roadway accidents where no vehicles were involved
- 7 workers dying in fire and explosion accidents
- 7 workers dying in an accident between a rail vehicle
- 5 workers dying in water vehicle accidents
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
Construction site accidents can seriously injure or kill construction workers as well as innocent bystanders. These victims and their loved ones may have a valid personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the consequences that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first-hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this kind of work. Such experience allows us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.
We Can Help You If You Are Injured
When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an experienced New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of the monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.