According to preliminary data released last month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fatal construction injuries in the United States increased nearly six percent in 2014 when compared to just one year earlier. In fact, the 874 reported construction fatalities in 2014 is the highest total since 2008, and easily surpasses the 828 deaths in 2013.
Unfortunately, New York is not exempt from this tragic rise in workplace fatalities. For instance, while the recent BLS report does not break down New York statistics by specific job type, it does show that New York had a total of 203 work-related fatal injuries in 2014 - up from just 178 in 2013. In New York City alone, workplace deaths increased nearly 40 percent during the same period, from 56 to 78.
Construction workers always at risk
Sadly, this reported increase in not particularly surprising, especially in the construction industry. After all, construction is typically one of the most dangerous jobs around - as evidenced by the recent BLS report, which shows nearly one-fifth of all fatal workplace injuries in 2014 involved construction workers.
The truth is that construction workers must face deadly hazards on a daily basis, including, but certainly not limited to:
- Falling objects such as tools, materials and, in some cases, roof collapses
- Falls from heights, particularly when working on scaffolding or ladders
- Dangerous construction equipment, including equipment that is defective, poorly maintained or simply being operated by a negligent individual
- Exposed electrical wiring
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, you need experienced, professional legal guidance. A skilled attorney can explain your rights and help guide you through the difficult legal process.