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Is your employer concerned about safety?

There's no doubt that construction workers are more at risk for job-related injuries and fatal accidents than office workers. The hazards they face every day are more than most workers will face over an entire career.

During one single year, those employed in the construction industry had more fatal injuries than any other private sector field. During that year, the fatality rate of occupational injuries for construction workers employed by private industries was almost three times higher than that of all employees in America.

The on-the-job death rate from accidents involving construction workers was nearly 10 for every 100,000 employees compared to just over three for workers across all sectors. Jobs with the highest fatality rates were:

-- Roofers, with 34.7 fatalities from injuries per each 100,000 full-time workers

-- Steel and iron workers, with 30.3:100,000

-- Laborers at 18.3:100,000

Other workers who had higher-than-average risks of fatal on-the-job injuries include carpenters, supervisors and electricians.

Statistics show that 48 percent of fatalities from falls by workers employed by the private sector happened to construction workers. The second most lethal job event was those related to transportation. Coming in third and fourth, respectively, were making contact with equipment or objects and being exposed to harmful environments and/or substances.

Nobody expects to go to work and never return home due to a fatal accident on the job site, but the fact remains that many in the construction industry risk that fate every day. If you lost a loved one to an on-the-job fatality because the employer was lax about safety or otherwise negligent, you could have a cause of action to seek compensation.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Construction Safety and Health," accessed Feb. 19, 2016

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