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Top 4 causes of construction fatalities

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, almost 5,000 workers were killed while at work in 2014. Another three million workers suffered nonfatal illnesses and injuries due to work environments and construction accidents. The vast majority of work fatalities occur in the construction industry.

Without a doubt, there are many different causes of construction injuries and fatalities. Some of these causes are very obvious and blatant, while others are far less evident. If you work as a construction worker, you should become familiar with the most common causes of construction fatalities to help avoid your own untimely demise. Here is some information about the four most common causes of construction fatalities.


As you may have expected, falls are the most common cause of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. Construction workers often use ladders and cranes. They also frequently work on scaffolding and roofs. These individuals work at heights, which makes them susceptible to serious injury or death should they suffer a fall. Managers of construction sites are required to follow strict rules and regulations to prevent falls. However, sometimes managers fail to follow these guidelines to protect their workers.

Falling objects

Another common cause of construction fatalities is falling objects. Construction workers are susceptible to being struck by objects dropped from above. Some examples of such objects include tools used by workers above and construction materials that haven't been secured properly. Falling objects can cause possibly fatal spinal and brain injuries to occur, even if the construction worker is wearing safety equipment.


Electrocutions are yet another common cause of fatalities in the construction industry. Construction workers who work at heights are often not aware of the risks associated with power lines, especially when portable metal ladders are in use. Faulty electrical equipment can also lead to electrocutions of construction workers.

Backovers and crushed-betweens

Another common cause of construction fatalities for construction workers is being run over by heavy trucks. Usually, these fatalities occur when a large truck is backing out of the construction site. In some cases, workers have been crushed between walls and large vehicles. The negligence of a supervisor can make these types of accidents more likely.

Every year, thousands of workers succumb to injuries related to accidents in the workplace. If a loved one has suffered a non-fatal or fatal injury at work, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys from Orin J. Cohen Law. With over 30 years of experience with representing the interests of construction workers, our firm can ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve under New York law.

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