If you work in construction, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of the risks you face on a regular basis. The chances of becoming seriously hurt or killed in a work-related accident are especially high in this field, and recognizing hazards (as well as the prevalence of serious accidents) helps draw attention to the importance of safety and accident prevention. From toxic chemicals to dangerous machinery, workers become hurt and killed in many ways. Additionally, falls remain an especially concerning issue for workers in various trades.
Statistics shed light on the frequency of fatal construction falls, and it is pivotal for workers and employers to take preventative measures to prevent future accidents.
The prevalence of deadly falls in construction
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, falls accounted for more deaths in the construction industry than any other type of accident throughout 2019. In fact, falls represented 36.4% of construction worker deaths in 2019. Looking at this data differently, 401 out of 991 construction accident deaths during 2019 involved workers falling to lower levels.
Furthermore, many fatal falls involve smaller construction companies. From 2015 to 2017, employers with less than 20 employees made up 39% of payroll employment in construction but 75% of deadly falls.
The consequences of a fatal fall
These deadly accidents can leave families with many long-term hardships. The emotional and mental trauma associated with losing a loved one is devastating, and families struggle with this pain for the rest of their lives. Funeral costs, medical bills and other financial challenges can make these tragic accidents even more difficult to work through.
It is important for family members to review potential resources, such as death benefits provided by workers’ compensation.