It may seem like construction work is ever-present in Michigan. Whether it is roadwork or the erection of a building, just about every day we see construction workers on-the-job.
However, construction work is also dangerous work and construction site injuries or even fatalities are common. In fact, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, of the nearly 4,800 worker deaths in the private industry in calendar year 2018, just over one-fifth took place in the construction industry.
There are four common causes of construction injury deaths, dubbed the “Fatal Four” that accounted for almost 60% of all construction industry fatalities in 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS has stated that if these causes of injuries were eliminated, it could prevent the deaths of nearly 600 workers in the U.S. each year.
The Fatal Four as are follows: falls, which accounted for approximately 33% of construction worker deaths in calendar year 2018; being struck by an object, which accounted for around 11% of construction worker deaths; electrocutions, which made up 8.5% of construction worker deaths; and being caught-in/between objects, which accounted for approximately 5% of construction worker deaths.
When a construction site injury leads to death, it is important to ascertain whether the injury was caused by a third party. If the fatal injury was due to a third party’s negligence, it may be possible for the victim’s survivors to pursue a legal claim. While no amount of money can bring back a loved one lost, it can help families cope financially with the unexpected death of a loved one, especially if the deceased was the primary income-earner in the family.