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What are the top factors in construction worker deaths?

Because of the nature of their jobs, construction workers tend to face more dangers than individuals in other types of work such as health care or retail. Construction workers often have to work with heavy machinery or complete jobs at a height, all of which can increase the chance of an accident that leads to injury or death on the job. Some top factors in construction worker accidents include falls, falling or moving objects, electricity and the chance that someone can be caught between things on a job site.

In 2012, there were 4,175 fatalities related to workplace accidents reported in the country. Of those fatalities, a large percent -- 19.3 percent -- were related to construction accidents. That accounted for 806 of the deaths.

The largest number of those construction worker fatalities was related to falls on the job. Falls accounted for 279 of the deaths. Around 9.8 percent, or 79 people, were killed when they were struck by an object on a construction site. Electrocutions accounted for 66 fatal injuries and being caught in machinery or between items accounted for 13 deaths.

Fatal injuries aren't the only risks for construction workers. Employees in the industry also face a higher-than-average chance of a nonfatal injury. All of the above situations can lead to such injuries, and falls also lead nonfatal injuries as a cause.

According to reports, the construction industry was in the top 10 industries for reporting nonfatal worker accidents. Construction workers, like most workers, have rights when it comes to job safety and injury. You have a right to expect your employer to create as safe a work environment as possible, but if an injury does occur, you have a right to compensation via workers' compensation plans.

Source: FindLaw, "Construction Safety: The Industry at a Glance," accessed Dec. 11, 2015

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