construction site is one of the most dangerous places to work. While construction workers
are well aware of the various hazards they encounter every single day,
they are never prepared for a potential accident, injury, or worse.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that almost three million on-the-job
injuries occur annually. When it comes to the industry with the most fatalities,
construction has a significant lead. However, some construction jobs are
more hazardous than others.
The following are the most dangerous jobs in the construction industry:
Roofers – Considered the most dangerous job in the field of construction,
roofing has the highest fatality rate—47.4 deaths for every 100,000
workers. However, the amount of fatalities has increased over recent years.
OSHA says the most common violation is a failure to set up fall protection.
Steelworkers – Those who work in the steel and iron sector of construction also
have one of the highest rates of fatal injury. These workers often perform
their jobs on scaffolding, which presents a wide variety of hazards, from
falls to scaffolding malfunctions. In fact, the most common cause of death
in the construction industry is falls (39%) and steel workers make up
a majority of those fatalities.
Operators of heavy machinery – Working with heavy machinery is the third-most hazardous construction
job. These workers work at the ground level around massive machinery.
Since being struck by an object is considered the second-most common cause
of construction fatalities, heavy machinery operators are at more risk
compared to others in the industry.
General laborers – Whether they perform their job duties in the trenches or on top
of the scaffolding, general laborers are susceptible to various hazards
on a construction site. These workers experience a fatal injury rate of
Electricians – Coming in fifth, electricians often encounter situations where
they can be potentially electrocuted from faulty wiring and more.
If you have suffered an injury while working on a construction site in
contact our experienced legal team at the
Law Office of James M. Stanley and request a
free consultation to learn more about workers’ compensation benefits.