Each year, hundreds of construction workers die on job sites in New York City and throughout the nation. Thousands more suffer serious, and in many cases life-changing, injuries. To give you an idea of just how dangerous construction sites really are, out of the countless jobs that are out there, one out of every five work-related deaths occurs in construction. Among workers who make a career out of working construction, one out of every 200 will die on the job.
In fact, some deadly construction-related accidents are so common that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a list of what it calls the “Fatal Four.” These four types of accidents account for more than half of all construction site fatalities nationwide. Each of the Fatal Four accident types is preventable; and, as OSHA notes, “[e]liminating the Fatal Four would save 508 workers’ lives in America every year.”
The Four Most Common Causes of Construction Site Deaths
So, what are the Fatal Four?
- Falls – Falls alone account for nearly 40 percent of all construction-related fatalities, which includes falls from heights (such as from the many high-rises currently under construction in New York City), as well as falls from unsafe scaffolds and ladders. Construction companies and contractors are responsible for providing safe equipment and work locations for their employees. Unfortunately, many fall far short of meeting this obligation.
- Electrocutions – According to OSHA, nearly 10 percent of all construction-related deaths result from electrocutions. While many fatal electrocutions occur while performing electrical wiring, many non-electricians suffer fatal electrocutions as well. Exposed wires during construction and demolition, faulty wiring, and a variety of other electrical issues are to blame for numerous deaths every year.
- Being Struck By Flying and Falling Objects – Flying and falling objects present dangerous (and often fatal) risks on all types of construction sites. Tools, debris, building materials – these are all things that too often cause fatal injuries that should have been avoided. OSHA reports that flying and falling objects are to blame in nearly 10 percent of all deadly construction site accidents.
- Getting Caught In or Between Objects – The fourth-leading cause of fatal construction accidents is getting caught in or between objects. This includes accidents such as getting pinned behind a construction truck or stuck under a load of materials. While these causes account for less than two percent of deaths, they are often among the most tragic types of fatal construction accidents.
What If My Family Member Was Killed Working Construction?
If you lost a loved one working construction in New York City, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation. You may be entitled to death benefits through workers’ compensation, and in many cases families will be eligible to file wrongful death claims to seek full financial compensation for the loss of their loved ones.
New York City construction accident lawyer, Christopher Gorayeb, has been representing accident victims and their families for 30 years, and he and the other attorneys at Gorayeb & Associates have recovered nearly $1 billion for their clients’ losses. To find out if you have a claim, call (877) 377-3726, start a Live Chat, or use our online form to request a free consultation online now.