Like other industries in the Chicago area, construction work can be dangerous. In fact, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) refers to construction as a "high hazard industry." Each year, in Illinois and nationwide, many construction workers suffer serious injury and some are even lost to work-related death in the field of construction.
Construction can be lucrative for those willing to put in the hard work, but as attorneys, we want you to know just how dangerous this industry can be. We believe that when you are informed about the industry's potential risks and hazards, you will practice caution and avoid becoming a work-related death statistic. Consider the construction statistics discussed below.
- During a construction career of 45 years, a worker has a 1 in 200 chance of death.
- The construction injury comes in at second place as the top cause of death for workers under 18 years of age.
- Nearly 20 percent of work-related deaths between 2002 and 2012 occurred in the construction industry.
- Those working with iron suffer the highest rate of injuries in the construction industry.
- Falling from heights is the leading cause of injuries in the construction field.
Our readers already know that workers' compensation exists to replace lost income and help with medical bills after an injury. However, survivors who have lost a loved one in a preventable workplace accident need support and assistance beyond any death benefits they might receive.
The law can help these victims in ways they may not have considered. We urge all of our readers suffering over the work-related death of a loved one to seek more information about their legal options. Our website and law blog are great resources to keep you informed about the laws in Illinois.