At the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., we are all too aware of the fact that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous fields of work for laborers in Austin and throughout the United States. Every year, hundreds of construction workers are killed while on the job, and thousands more suffer serious or even life-altering disabilities. While improved safety measures have helped to reduce the likelihood of construction accidents occurring, they remain a serious problem.
Statistics About Construction Accidents
The following is a brief summary of some of the most important data and statistics related to construction accidents in the United States:
- In 2011, 738 construction workers were killed on the job. This number represents more than 17% of the total fatal occupational injuries in the United States that year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- The top four causes of death for construction workers included falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and being caught in or between objects.
- Nearly four out of every 100 construction workers experienced a workplace injury in 2011, with half of these cases requiring time away from work, job restrictions, or transfers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
- Three of the ten most common citations for OSHA safety violations in 2011 were specific to the construction industry – fall protection, general scaffolding requirements, and ladder requirements.
As these statistics should indicate, the construction industry can pose unique dangers to workers.
Contact an Austin Construction Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. Talk with a lawyer from the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., today about your options for pursuing compensation after being harmed in a construction accident by calling (512) 710-0931.