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Labor and injury trends in construction

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry boasts over 750,000 private companies in the United States as of 2015. In fact, in 2015 alone, that number went from just over 755,000 to over 770,000, and that doesn't include state, local or federal entities. With so many organizations dipping toes or entire appendages into the industry, you'd expect a certain amount of workplace accidents to occur.

And those accidents do occur. The BLS also reports fatal injury statistics for the industry. In 2014, there were 933 reported fatalities related to construction injuries. The BLS notes that 3.6 out of every 100 workers in 2014 reported recordable work-related injury or illness. Two out of every 100 workers reported incidents that led to time away from the job or a required job transfer.

The total fatalities reported in 2014 were up year over year, following a trend for increasing numbers from at least 2011 forward. In 2011, the total was 781. In 2012, the total was 849. In 2013, the total was 856.

One of the reasons for the increase in the number of accidents and injuries in the industry is that there are simply more workers and more companies involved. Growth isn't an excuse for improper workplace safety, though, and construction companies are tasked with providing environments that are as safe as possible. Obviously, construction workplaces come with inherent risks, making it even more important for workers and companies to follow good safety protocols.

If you are injured while working in a construction environment, then you are likely covered by some form of workers' compensation. Sifting through the details to determine where that coverage comes from isn't always easy, and an experienced workers' compensation lawyer can help you understand your claim options.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Construction: NAICS 23," accessed July 01, 2016

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