How many construction accidents happen each annually? That’s a common question among construction workers. Unfortunately, the answer is a surprising number. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is responsible for more fatal accidents than any other industry.
In the past five years, the number of injuries and illnesses in this industry has nearly doubled. In New York, for example, there were more than 8,100 reported accidents.
Construction is a high-risk industry
In fact, it accounts for almost one in seven fatal workplace injuries in the U.S., which makes the industry one of the highest-risk occupations. Among these workplace injuries, falls were the leading cause, followed by trips and slips. Despite the risk, the majority of deaths occurred during the first two years of employment. Fortunately, the number of injuries is decreasing, but there are still many hazards to avoid.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 150,000 construction accidents occur each year. The most common causes of these accidents are falls, contact with equipment, and overexertion. The most common safety standards for construction sites are fall protection, scaffolding, ladders, and machinery and machine guarding. Further, it is important for employers to follow OSHA’s safety standards to prevent accidents and injuries. This is a key part of the safety process.
In the U.S., the construction industry ranks fourth in worker fatalities, with 1,224 fatalities in 2005. In addition to fatalities, this industry also has the fourth highest nonfatal injury rate, at 14.69 per hundred thousand FTE. The top causes of these on-the-job accidents were falls, slips, and trips. The most common types of falls are those to lower levels. Further, contact with objects or equipment is the most common cause of workplace accidents.
Most common causes
Aside from falls, the most common cause of construction-related fatalities is exposure to hazardous materials and other workplace hazards. Moreover, exposure to hazardous materials accounts for 15 percent of all construction injuries. Luckily, there are safety regulations in place that will protect construction workers from harm. There is a 1 in 200 chance of dying in a workplace accident in the U.S. every day, according to EHS Today.
In the United States, construction workers are at risk for serious injury and death. A traumatic brain injury can severely disrupt a worker’s ability to perform his or her job. A traumatic brain injury can also affect his or her ability to move and to make decisions. As a result, it’s vital to ensure that the construction site is safe from hazards. However, it’s important to note that the most common causes of workplace injury and fatality in the construction industry are exposure to hazardous substances.
Accidents can still be fatal
Despite the importance of safety measures in construction, accidents can still be fatal. In 2019 alone, 1,102 fatalities occurred in the construction industry. This is the fourth-highest rate for worker deaths in the United States. The most common causes of on-the-job injuries are falls, and exposure to hazardous materials. Among construction workers, the most common types of on-the-job injury is exposure.
In the United States, one worker dies in a construction accident every seven seconds. In 2016, there were 4.6 million construction accidents. Of those, 5,333 were due to construction-related accidents. The top three most common types of workplace injuries, according to OSHA, were overexertion, contact with equipment, and exposure to hazardous substances. The number of fatal accidents in the industry is increasing, with more than 150,000 injuries each year.
In addition to fatalities, other types of accidents in the construction industry also result in countless illnesses and injuries. In 2017, more than 86 construction workers were electrocuted. The number of fatal electrocutions increased by 6%. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that ten million workers in the construction industry are injured each year. An estimated 200 people die each year from job-related illnesses.