According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 900 construction workers were killed in 2015. This figure represents the most deadly year for construction workers since 2008. One potential reason for this increase may be that the higher demand for employees in this industry has led to many inexperienced being hired.
Not only is the number of construction workers that have been involved in fatal accidents rising significantly, the amount of new hires is as well. The Associated General Contractors of America stated that the number of people working in construction is at its highest since 2008.
While a larger workforce may naturally result in more people getting hurt working on construction sites from a strict numbers point of view, another factor may be the lack of experience in these new workers. There have been a lot of individuals without any previous construction experience getting hired in this industry, and many of them are not familiar with the common risks on job sites and how to avoid them. Many companies have started working on improving training and finding ways to ensure greater safety for all employees.
Even with the best workplace safety initiatives in place, accidents will still occur. Human error and mechanical failure mean that people can get hurt in just about any type of job. The good news is that workers’ compensation benefits provide for individuals who were hurt at work. Compensation includes coverage of medical bills and a percentage of lost wages when an employee must take time off to recover. People who need assistance with filing for benefits or to have their denied claims reviewed should consider consulting with experienced attorneys.