Report highlights concern about construction deaths

Even people who work in jobs and industries known to be extremely dangerous can find it disturbing to read reports that show just how safe or not a particular line of work might be. This is understandable as nobody in Ohio wants to be confronted with the fact that they have a chance of being seriously injured or killed on the job. Unfortunately a report issued by the Center for Construction Research and Training offers a bleak view of safety on U.S. Construction job sites.

The report looked at data collected over the five years spanning from 2011 to 2015 and evaluated a variety of things including the number of deaths attributed to the four most common causes of death on construction sites. These are called the Focus Four and include being caught in or between things, being struck by items, being electrocuted or falling. Over the five years, the number of people hurt in incidents attributed to being caught between or in something rose by 33 percent. A total of 275 workers died due to these incidents and approximately two-thirds of those deaths involved material that collapsed.

More than 800 construction workers were killed in accidents in which they were struck by items. Even with that staggering number, falls continue to claim more lives than another factor on construction sites. These statistics highlight the continued need for improved safety for workers.

Similarly, people who are hurt or who lose family members in these incidents deserve help and compensation for their losses. Talking with an attorney in Ohio may offer assistance in seeking these things.

Source: Construction Dive, "Report: Caught-in, caught-between construction deaths rising," Kim Slowey, March 20, 2018

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