The rate of fatal injuries in the construction industry is higher than the national average for all other industries. Those working in construction may face a wide range of potential hazards – including falls, scaffold collapses, trench collapses, electric shock, and much more. Any of these types of accidents – along with a host of others – can result in a fatality.
On any given day, almost 6.5 million people work on about 252 thousand construction sites nationwide. Even when safety is a major focus for workers and all precautions are taken, accidents can still happen.
It has recently been revealed that those employees working for smaller construction companies are especially vulnerable. And there are a far greater number of smaller companies than larger companies. According to the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), 81.6 percent of all companies in 2016 had less than 10 employees, and another 9.4 percent had only 10 to 19 employees.
Because of their size, these companies may face many struggles implementing health and safety programs. They may have limited resources, and overwhelming pressure from the competition.
In 2016, 67.2 percent of construction deaths happened in companies that had less than 20 employees. Between 2008 and 2016, the rate of fatal injuries for smaller construction companies went from 15.5 to 24.4 for every 100,000 wage and salary workers. That’s a shocking 57-percent increase in deaths. Those companies accounted for 56.6 percent of the construction industry’s 5,155 fatalities at that time.
This number is especially stunning because almost 37 percent of all construction workers work for smaller companies. But at the same time, construction companies with 20 or more workers had a nearly 30-percent drop in fatalities.
Electrocutions and falls were major causes of fatalities in smaller companies. During the studied time period, almost 55.6 percent of electrocution deaths and almost 62 percent of fall fatalities happened in smaller companies. It seems that the smaller the company was, the more dangerous, since about 48 percent of all construction fatalities occurred in companies that had less than 10 employees.
If you have lost a loved one or suffered an injury on the job, we will protect your rights to ensure you get the benefits and the compensation you need and deserve. Please call the Philadelphia work injury lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP at 215-512-1500 or 267-589-0090. You can also complete an online form for a free evaluation of your case. The firm’s offices are centrally located in Philadelphia.