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Troubling Trends in the Construction Industry

Posted on January 22, 2021

The construction industry is fraught with accidents, as demonstrated by a 2020 analysis of top trends by BigRentz. The publication reported on 25 statistics in recent years that show the need for safety oversight on the job site.

For example, fatalities are more likely in construction than in any other industry, with 20 percent—or one out of five—of all private sector workplace injuries associated with construction. The article named the “fatal four”: falls (33.5%), being struck by an object (11.1%), electrocutions (8.5%), and being caught in or in between an object (5.5.%). “Companies with 10 or fewer employees and those who are self-employed account for nearly half of all deaths on construction sites,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Construction also has its share of non-fatal injuries, at a rate that is 71 percent higher than any other industry, reported the article. “One in every 10 construction workers is injured annually, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Numbers could be higher, as the article notes about half of these injuries go unreported.

The cost of injuries and fatalities can be monumental. “One fatal injury costs an average of $991,027,” reported the article. Companies may be sued for substantially more, such as in Purvis Home Improvement Co.’s fine of $1.79 million. Loss of production days cause further financial hardship. OSHA violations can range from a warning to a $70,000 fine.

It pays to practice safety, notes the article. Health and safety training, and inspections, can help to mitigate risk, saving companies $4-$5 for every dollar invested. By avoiding a single medically consulted injury, companies may save $32,000. “A safe workplace can also result in indirect benefits like a positive company reputation, the ability to recruit the best talent and improved employee morale.”

Construction accidents are common throughout Pennsylvania, and could happen at any time. However, not all work-related injuries are accidents. When such an injury is caused by negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the details of your unique situation.