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The 5 Deadliest Jobs in Construction

Construction is one of the most difficult sectors to work in. In addition to being a manual labor job, construction workers are often exposed to inclement weather, extreme temperatures, risky heights, and the dangers of heavy machinery.

The construction industry encompasses a wide range of different jobs. Some sectors and professions are deadlier than others. The following are the five deadliest careers in construction.

1. Roofing

Roofing is the most dangerous construction job by a mile. Statistics show that nearly 50 out of every 100,000 roofers will experience an injury or die as a result of the job.

You might think that these statistics are skewed because they include data from pre-OSHA days, but the number of injuries and fatalities has actually gotten higher recently. That’s not to say that OSHA is causing less safe conditions. The problem is more heavily related to people’s failure to comply with OSHA regulations.

OSHA officials have stated that the most common violation in construction projects is failing to provide fall protection. Since roofers work at such great heights, they’re the most likely to be hurt or killed by a lack of fall protection.

2. Steel Frame Construction

Construction has an entire sector dedicated to working with iron and steel. Workers who specialize in this have one of the highest injury and fatality rates.

The problem isn’t with the steel itself. Rather, issues arise when workers need to work in unsafe conditions as the frames are constructed. Steel workers often work balanced on scaffolding, and they may be harmed by swinging bars or other hazards.

Approximately 39 percent of construction worker fatalities occur because of falls. While roofing specialists make up the highest portion of this statistic, steel frame construction workers represent another big chunk.

3. Operating Heavy Machinery

Operators of heavy machinery have the third-highest fatality rate in construction. Unlike the previous two jobs, workers in this sector are unlikely to fall long distances. They tend to work close to the ground. They also tend to be surrounded with heavy equipment and stacks of objects.

After falling, the next most common cause of fatal accidents for construction workers is being struck by objects. Operators of heavy machinery are more likely to be hit by falling objects or parts of other machines than most people.

4. Generalized Labor

There are those construction workers who do “odd jobs.” Rather than specializing in a certain sector, they work on many different kinds of projects. This can result in many different opportunities for injuries.

Statistics show that general laborers have the fourth-highest fatality rate in construction, but it’s difficult to ascribe that to any specific reason. More likely, these laborers suffered accidents when working on jobs in dangerous sectors like scaffolding, heavy machinery, and roofing.

5. Electrical Work

Electricians have a high fatality rate because of their proximity to electricity. In addition to being vulnerable to electrocution, electricians may be injured or killed by a variety of other workplace hazards. Improper wiring can lead to electrocution. So can unsafe work conditions.

Electricians also commonly deal with the following dangers:

  • Being burned by wiring
  • Fire due to improper wiring
  • UV radiation from outdoor work
  • Extreme outdoor temperatures
  • Overuse injuries in the shoulders, arms, and back
  • Mold, bacteria, and fungal exposure
  • Falling objects
  • Scaffolding and ladder work
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Falling, tripping, and slipping on a slick or uneven surface

If you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed while working in construction, a lawyer can help you pursue recoverable damages for a construction accident. These may include coverage for your medical care along with compensation for your pain and suffering.

 ” This article is a collaboration with a freelance writer and follows The Haitian Times publishing guidelines”

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Jan. 29, 2021

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