Both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration compile data about accidents in all industries in Illinois, including the construction industry. This industry has often been said to be the most dangerous, which is why they have an annual Construction Safety Day every year. However, looking at the stats shows that there are still many risks.
In 2012, for example, the data shows that the top reasons people passed away while working in construction were as follows:
- Falls- Being hit or stuck by something- Electrocutions- Getting caught between two objects
These four events made up a grand total of 57 percent of construction injuries that led to death. Falls were at the top by a fair amount, with 36 percent of the total. Being struck by items came in at 10 percent, electrocutions came in just below that, with 9 percent, and being caught between two different objects led to 2 percent.
Every year, it is estimated that 435 people die for these four reasons alone. This is why they are often the focus of construction site safety procedures. Getting rid of them, even if everything else stayed the same, would save many lives.
As noted above, construction is often thought of as the most dangerous industry, and it has stayed that way for years. The data shows that 19.5 percent of all workplace deaths in the entire country are in this industry alone.
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