Common Causes of Construction Related Deaths

According to the United States Department of Labor, of all worker deaths in private industries, one in five of these deaths are in construction. Of those construction deaths, over 55 percent of them are a result of falling, being struck by an object, electrocution, and getting caught in or in-between objects or equipment.

Falls account for over 35 percent of all construction related deaths. In fact, they are so common that many states, such as New York City, have specific laws regarding construction related falls. According the website of Hach Rose LLP, a New York firm specializing in personal injury, New York has a strict liability statute applying to gravity-related injuries such as a worker falling from a height or an object falling and striking a worker, the second most common cause of death at 10 percent.

The third most common cause of construction death is electrocution. These are often caused by faulty wiring, overhead and underground power line safety problems, or electrical hazards with standing pools of water. Safety violations related to electrical equipment are so common that they are ranked twice on OSHA’s top 10 most frequently cited violations.

Another common, high ranking violation for OSHA is machinery and machine guarding requirements. These violations often result in about 3 percent of workers getting caught in or in-between construction objects or equipment.

Simply being aware of the dangers associated with unsafe construction sites is not enough. Even when construction workers are safe, deaths may be caused by negligence on behalf of the contractor or property manager. The website of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. states that although the laws and regulations pertaining to construction in the U.S. are quite strict, there are a number of professionals who are willing to gamble with safety regulations in order to save on time, labor costs, or expenses for materials. By doing so, they endanger the lives of workers and future occupants.