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Construction work poses many dangers. In fact, construction work produced the second-highest number of fatal work injuries of any industry in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says.


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Construction workers face a higher risk of injury or death than workers in other professions. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports, one in five worker fatalities occur in the construction industry. Many of these injuries can be traced to violations of state and federal safety regulations that are designed to protect workers.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. We can investigate your case and determine the options available to you for seeking a recovery of your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Simply call or contact us online today to get started with a free consultation.

Construction Accident Facts

20.3% of worker fatalities in private industry in 2013 occurred in construction, or a total of 796 deaths. The four leading causes of construction worker fatalities were:
Construction Accident Facts
In Illinois, 12% of all fatal work-related injuries and 2% of non-fatal work-related injuries in Illinois occurred in the construction industry.

Common Types of Accidents at Construction Sites

Our law firm represents injured victims and families who have lost a loved one in all types of accidents, including but not limited to:

  • FallsOSHA states that 37 percent of construction accident fatalities involve falls. Types of falls include falls from elevations, ladder falls, scaffolding falls, and falls associated with contact with equipment or machinery such as cranes or forklifts.
  • Struck by Object – Construction workers can suffer permanent or fatal injuries when struck by falling tools, loads being moved into the area, falling materials and similar incidents.
  • Electrocutions – Contact with high voltage is one of the most common causes of death in the construction industry. OSHA states that 8.9 percent of all worker deaths result from an electrical accident.
  • Crush InjuriesAccidents described by OSHA as “caught-in/between” are usually crush accidents. OSHA states that 2.6 percent of all worker deaths are associated with this type of accident, which can include being crushed by machinery or hit by heavy falling objects, tools or equipment.
  • Forklift AccidentsUntrained and unlicensed forklift operators put all other construction workers in the area at risk. This equipment is also prone to rollovers. Even fully trained and experienced forklift operators can suffer serious or fatal injuries in a rollover.
  • Highway Construction AccidentsConstruction workers who are involved in building or improving streets, highways and roads are at extreme risk of injury. Not only must they deal with passing traffic and the uncertain behavior of drivers, their own equipment operators may create situations of extreme danger.
  • Toxic Chemical ExposureThere are a number of toxic substances used in the construction industry, including paints, solvents and sealants as well as a range of other toxic substances that put workers at risk. Any worker should be protected from exposure with mandated safety gear such as masks and respirators.

Facts and Figures

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says construction work accounted for the second-highest number of fatal work injuries of any industry in 2012. Unsafe working conditions, equipment that fails, safety precautions that are ignored and human error contribute to construction site mishaps. Construction accidents can result in death or in injuries so severe that the worker is never again able to earn a living.

The Census of Occupational Injuries produced by the BLS provides national and state figures for workplace injury and illnesses. An injury is considered work related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition, the BLS says.

In its report for 2012, the BLS says there were:

  • 2,976,400 total recorded cases of nonfatal injuries and illnesses among all private industry in the U.S. in 2011.
  • 4,383 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2012, a rate of 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.
  • 806 fatal workplace accidents in the private construction industry during the year.
  • 2.0 cases per 100 FTEs of injury or illness in the construction industry that resulted in days away from work, job restrictions or transfers.
  • 145 fatal workplace accidents in Illinois in 2012
  • 194,300 people in Illinois on average employed in the construction industry.

How Do Construction Accidents Occur in Illinois?

Each year, the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company publishes it Workplace Safety Index. This is a listing of serious non-fatal workplace injuries. The Index is based on data from the BLS and National Academy of Social Insurance as well as work­ers’ compensation claims from around the country.

Based on the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary the top 6 most frequent causes of fatal injuries are as follows:


General contractors, developers or others who supervise construction sites have a legal duty to ensure that their sites are as safe as they can be. This obligation includes a requirement to advise and train construction workers about safety issues, and to ensure that construction workers are issued appropriate and properly working safety equipment.

Injured on the Job? Contact an Illinois Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is prepared to move forward at once to protect your right to full compensation after a serious construction injury. We pursue damages from every possible source for our clients. We also represent families who have lost a loved one in a construction accident. Call or contact us online today for more information.

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