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Construction Ranked in Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in 2024

by Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP
March 11, 2024
Personal Injury

What Does This Mean For Construction Workers?

Construction jobs continue to be some of the most treacherous in the United States. New data shows that construction ranked in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in 2024. Tragically, many of the injuries and deaths suffered by construction workers each year are preventable. They are frequently caused by a failure to follow adequate safety protocols, a lack of supervision, or not enough training.

At Levin & Nalbandyan, we provide experienced representation for individuals who have been injured in construction accidents in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Our legal team has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured parties. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve after an injury on the job. Contact our office to schedule a free, confidential consultation. 

What Makes Construction So Dangerous?

While all industries have a certain degree of risk, construction jobs are exceptionally hazardous. According to Business Insider, the fourth deadliest job is for construction trades helpers. The industry had a fatal work injury rate per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers was 38.5.  In addition, first-line supervisors of construction trades and construction laborers ranked 13th and 14th, respectively. 

Many times, construction workers are working with heavy machinery or working from heights. Construction sites are filled with hazards. When an employer fails to provide a safe work environment, tragedy can happen. Many construction workers are put in high-risk situations without adequate training, supervision, or safety equipment.

Common Construction Accidents and Injuries

Construction accidents and injuries can happen nearly every day. From falling from a height to being struck by an object, many of the accidents can be prevented with proper safety protocols.

Common construction accidents and injuries:  

  • Falls from a height
  • Tripping accidents
  • Struck by an object
  • Electrocution injuries
  • Malfunctioning machinery
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Crushing injuries
  • Transportation accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Toxic exposure

As reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fall-related accidents, being struck by an object, electrocutions, and being caught-in or between injuries account for over 60% of construction worker deaths. Known as the construction industry’s fatal four, these accidents and injuries are almost always preventable.

Staying Safe on a Construction Site

There are several ways to stay safe on a construction site. First and foremost, an employer must follow all OSHA standards. Some of the most commonly cited violations are those involving the construction industry’s fatal four. 

Construction employers can take several steps to keep workers safe on the job site:

  • Provide adequate training and supervision
  • Ensure employees receive proper safety equipment
  • Have fall protection and safety railing
  • Complete routine maintenance on machinery and equipment
  • Engage in continuing safety education for all employees

While construction sites can be dangerous, they do not have to result in injury or death to workers. A construction company can take care to prevent harm to their workers. If they do not follow state and federal regulations they may be held responsible for resulting injuries to workers.

What Precautions Can You Take to Protect Yourself?

While your employer can take steps to protect you and other workers, you can also take precautions to prevent injury. It is important to wear protective equipment at all times. You should also not work fatigued. Fatigue can reduce reaction time, causing serious injury or even death on the job site. Finally, you need to make sure that you complete all training and report any violations of safety measures to your supervisor.

What Should You Do if You Are Involved in a Construction Accident?

If you are involved in a construction accident, you may be entitled to take legal action. In most cases, the sole remedy will be filing a workers’ compensation claim. In some instances, however, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under either scenario, it is imperative to not only report the accident to your supervisor but also to make sure that you seek medical treatment for your injuries. 

When Do You Need Legal Aid?

It is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney as early in the process as possible. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and determine if you are eligible for compensation for your accident-related losses, such as medical costs and lost wages. It is important to work with an attorney with a stellar track record who knows how to ensure you receive the largest recovery possible.
At Levin & Nalbandyan, we are skilled trial lawyers who will not rest until you receive the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. All consultations are confidential and provided without obligation to retain our firm. We have decades of combined legal experience and will fight for you and your family. If you are an injured construction worker, get the legal help you need now. Contact our firm to get started.

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