One of the most dangerous fields that a person can work in is the construction industry. Of the 5,000 private-industry worker fatalities, 1 in every 5 works in construction. The “fatal four,” which are the leading causes of construction industry fatalities are falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in something or being caught between two objects. These four types of accidents are responsible for 59.9% of construction industry deaths. Companies that employ 10 or fewer individuals and those who are self-employed account for nearly half of all construction site deaths. The construction industry sees the most falls, accounting for 51% of all falls in the United States.
The Palm Beach Post reports that the Florida building boom has led to an increase in construction fatalities.
Last week at a construction site in West Palm Beach, a form into which concrete was to be poured fell onto a worker. The construction worker suffered from injury but was not killed.
The incident on this construction site pointed to an ongoing trend throughout Florida.
According to the U.S. Department of labor, the good economy and increasing number of construction sites have led to a rise in construction accidents.
The DOL reported 101 fatalities in 2018, which is the latest numbers available. That number is up from 78 in 2017 and 2016. There were 68 fatalities in 2015 and 63 in 2014. 2011 saw just 42 construction fatalities in Florida. This means that between 2011 and 2018, the number of fatalities soared by 140%.
The majority of the fatalities in 2018 were caused by falls.