Construction workers in Pennsylvania are part of an industry that has a reputation for workplace accidents, including those that can cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Despite technological advances, construction sites continue to be dangerous places to work. The Center for Construction Research and Training reported that between 2011 and 2015, fatal injuries related to construction work rose by 26 percent. Furthermore, fatalities related to workplace injuries when construction workers were caught in or between objects rose by 33 percent during that period. Older and younger workers were most likely to face a fatal outcome from such incidents.
Construction accidents can often involve workers being struck by vehicles or other objects. Between 2011 and 2015, over 800 workers in construction lost their lives in such accidents. Of those, 18 percent were hit by vehicles and 51 percent were killed by equipment or objects in free fall. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for regulating and tracking workplace safety incidents. OSHA requires most industries to provide electronic reports of relevant workplace injuries.
The Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade association, issued a 2018 Safety Performance Report in which they urged businesses to adopt a series of safety processes. They note that the use of their system can help companies cut the rate of workplace safety incidents by 85 percent. The recommended actions include analyzing near-miss events and developing site safety committees.
Construction accidents can cause devastating injuries that can lead to lifelong consequences and disabilities that interfere with employment. However, a lawyer can help injured workers to protect their rights under law and fight for them to receive the compensation they deserve.