There's always plenty of construction work going on in and around Chicago. But this type of work is fraught with many hazards for construction workers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009, there were more on-the-job deaths for construction than in any other field in the private sector. The numbers tend to unsurprisingly rise and fall according to the nation's economic climate, as when the economy is growing or robust, the fatality rates rise; conversely, they dip during leaner economic times.
During that same year, those working in the private sector doing construction jobs had a occupational death rate from injuries suffered on the job that was almost three times higher than all of the other workers in other industries across the nation.
Additionally, construction work also had three out of the 10 jobs with the highest rate of fatal injuries:
-- Roofers, who suffered nearly 35 deaths out of each 100,000 full-time workers
-- Structural steel and iron workers, with more than 30 deaths per 100,000 workers
-- Laborers, with slightly more than 18 deaths per 100,000 workers
Falls were responsible for over a third of fatal occupational injuries in construction, and almost half of the deaths from falls in private industry occurred to construction workers. The second highest fatal injuries happened during transportation events to construction workers. Rounding out the list of fatal injury causes were contact with equipment or objects at 19 percent, and being exposed to harmful environments or substances at 16 percent.
If you are a surviving family member of a construction worker killed on the job, you may have a cause of action to file a civil suit for the wrongful death of your loved one.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Construction Safety and Health," accessed May 06, 2016