According to OSHA, in 2017 more than 20% (971) of all worker fatalities in private industries happened in the construction industry.
More than half of those deaths (59.9%) were attributed to what OSHA calls construction's "Fatal Four." Excluding highway collisions, falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between were the leading cause of construction worker deaths. The numbers for each of the "Fatal Four" categories are:
- Falls – 381 out of 971 total deaths in construction in 2017 (39.2%)
- Struck by Object – 80 (8.2%)
- Electrocutions – 71 (7.3%)
- Caught-in/between – 50 (5.1%), this includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material.
Although construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work, they can also pose a significant danger for pedestrians and motorists who are in the area of the construction site. Common causes of injuries to pedestrians and motorists include falling debris and poorly marked roadway construction. Pedestrians walking near a construction site can be hit by debris that has blown off the construction site. Failing to mark, or poorly marking roadway construction sites can lead to motor vehicle crashes. At a minimum, the general contractor usually has a duty to warn the public of dangerous construction conditions.
If you are a worker or non-worker who has been injured at or near a construction site, contact Holman & Stefanowicz, LLC at 312-258-9700 to discuss your case with a Partner at our firm. We can help determine whether you have a worker's compensation claim, a third-party claim or both. With more than 50 years of experience, let Holman & Stefanowicz, LLC handle your construction accident claim.
Important Client Tip:
Construction cases can be complicated and involve multiple defendants and multiple claims. Be sure to ask the attorney whom you retain if you have a workers' compensation claim and a third-party claim.
The law firm of Holman & Stefanowicz represents injured people throughout Illinois, including Cook County - Arlington Heights, Chicago, Cicero, Norridge and Park Ridge and Barrington; DuPage County including Wheaton; Kane County including Aurora and Elgin; Lake County including Lake Barrington and Waukegan; Macon County including Decatur; Peoria County including Peoria; Sangamon County including Springfield; Will County including Bolingbrook, Joliet, and Naperville; and Winnebago County including Loves Park, Machesney Park, Rockford, and Roscoe.
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