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A closer look at construction accidents

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, over 4,600 construction workers lost their lives in accidents that took place on the job during 2014. These startling statistics represent an average of nearly 90 deaths per week or over 13 fatalities each day. In Erie, and across the entire state of Pennsylvania, construction workers face a number of threats every day they go to work, from falling off of a ladder to a defective power tool accident and the negligent behavior of others, to name just a few. As a result, it is paramount for workers in the construction industry to make safety a top priority.

In addition to deaths, an alarming number of construction workers are also injured in job-related accidents. On their site, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides construction accident statistics that reveal the prevalence of the problem. The CDC reports that in 2009, more than 92,000 construction workers suffered a non-fatal illness or injury that forced them to take time off of work. Among these injuries and illnesses, 22 percent were the result of falling.

From machinery accidents to scaffolding falls, the details of a construction site accident vary with each case. However, those who have experienced an injury or lost a loved one in a job-related accident should hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to prevent construction accidents from occurring, but it is particularly tragic when these accidents are the result of careless behavior and never should have happened in the first place.

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