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How Do Construction Injuries Happen?

Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the 2009 construction fatality statistics. According to the BLS, 54 percent of construction fatalities occurred because of falls, highway accidents, and being struck by objects. While the number of construction workers injured in 2009 was not included in the BLS numbers, it is reasonable to think that many more construction workers were injured in falls, highway accidents and struck by object accidents during 2009. Yet, the BLS numbers only tell half the story.

What Happened to the Other Construction Workers Who Were Hurt or Killed in 2009?


A review of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program indicates other reasons have lead to construction worker fatalities in the past. It is reasonable to assume that the cause of these past fatalities led to injuries and deaths during 2009.* Some of those causes include:

  • Electrocutions
  • Getting caught in machinery
  • Explosions/fires
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Asphyxiation
  • Heat stroke
  • Trench collapse


If You Have Been Hurt or Lost a Loved One in a Construction Accident

The New Jersey and New York construction accident lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer understand your physical, financial and emotional pain. We are committed to helping you with your legal recovery. Please call us today at 1-800-362-9329 for a free consultation.

*Source: NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation State Based Case Reports: Construction

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