Deaths on construction job sites

The private construction industry experienced more deaths on the job of workers in Ohio than did any other industry.

When making the choice to work in the construction industry, Ohio residents know that safety on the job will always need to be a priority. Some of this is up to individual workers to follow safety rules but a large part of keeping workers safe on the job is up to the employers and job site supervisors. Construction companies should ensure that people are properly trained and that safety guidelines are followed at all times. If this does not happen, workers' lives may literally be at risk.

What are some examples of these accidents in Ohio?

News sources provide insight into the range of incidents that can happen on a construction job site. Fox8 reported about how one man was killed in Avon after the dump truck he was directing as it backed up hit him.

In Berkshire Township, a 34-year-old man working on a new home construction site was hit by a beam. ABC6OnYourSide indicates that the beam weighed roughly 2,500 pounds. The man died from the incident.

An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was launched at a job site in West Deer after a man fell 40 feet from a scaffold according to TribLive.

How many construction workers die in Ohio?

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the number of workplace fatalities in Ohio rose in 2015 over 2014. In 2014, there were 185 total deaths on the job statewide. In 2015, that number was 202.

Of those who died, 37 worked in construction. No other job sector or industry experienced more deaths in Ohio that year than did private construction. Out of the 37 construction worker fatalities, 14 involved transportation and another 11 involved slips, trips or falls.

How many people die on the job across the U.S.?

According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there were 4,836 fatalities recorded across the United States in all job categories. That was slightly more than the 4,821 who died in the prior year.

What factors are most commonly involved in workplace fatalities?

The fact that transportation, slips, trips and falls accounted for the lion's share of construction worker deaths in Ohio is one that is seen consistently in other areas as well. In both Ohio and nationally, transportation was a factor in more fatalities than any other. Slips, trips and falls as well as contact with objects were next on the list.

What should a worker or surviving family member do after an accident?

Ohio residents should always contact a lawyer after an accident takes place on a job site. This will give people the opportunity to fully understand the laws and their options for compensation at this time.