Construction workers are a common sight in New Jersey whether they are fixing our roads, erecting new buildings or performing structural maintenance. Construction work can be lucrative and is a necessary component of commerce, but it is dangerous and at times can be deadly. The following are some common causes of construction worker fatalities.
Falls are a leading cause of construction fatalities. In 2019, over one-third of fatalities in the construction industry were the result of falls. Improper safety precautions while working at heights, unstable ladders, unguarded platforms and slippery surfaces can all lead to falls that result in severe or fatal injuries.
Being struck by an object
Struck-by incidents accounted for 15.4% of construction worker fatalities in 2019. A worker could be struck by a machine, a vehicle or an object dropped from above.
Electrocutions and caught-in/between incidents
Electrocutions accounted for 7.2% of construction worker fatalities in 2019. Being caught-in/between incidents accounted for 5.4% of construction worker fatalities. Unsafe working conditions and faulty wiring could lead to electrocutions. Improper safety precautions and unsafe machinery could lead to caught-in/between incidents.
Injured construction workers may pursue workers’ compensation benefits
If you are injured on a construction site, you may want to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can provide you with the financial resources you need to pay for medical care and living expenses while you cannot work due to a construction injury. Death benefits may be pursued in the case of a fatality. In addition, you may also be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party if appropriate.