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Fatal construction worker incident statistics

If you or someone in your family or circle of friends works in the construction industry in Pennsylvania, it may be important for you to have a clear understanding of just how dangerous this line of work can be. Even with very clear laws set forth governing training and safety procedures on job worksites, accidents still can and do happen. Sadly, many of these accidents leave workers with lifelong injuries. Other incidents may result in death.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people killed in job incidents in 2015 in Pennsylvania was 173, its lowest number since 2009 when 168 people died in job-related incidents. Of those 173 deaths in 2015, 35 were attributed to the construction industry. While these 35 deaths represented a drop from the 40 in the prior year, they still leave 35 families and social circles mourning unnecessarily. Seventeen of the year's construction deaths involved some type of slip, fall or trip on a job worksite. Another eight fatalities involved transportation.

Construction on building job sites was connected to 10 of the fatalities in 2015 in the state for private construction businesses compared to 15 in 2014. A total of 16 people in specialty trade contracting work lost their lives in construction job site accidents in 2015. Another nine of the deaths involved workers in heavy civil engineering applications like utility system workers. 

lIf you would like to learn more about workplace accidents and fatalities in the construction industry, please feel free to visit the construction worker injury and illness page of our Pennsylvania workplace accident website.

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