Construction has earned a reputation as the nation’s most dangerous industry. Every year, construction industry mishaps, disasters and preventable accidents take the lives of hundreds of workers. The nature of construction is already inherently dangerous, but it becomes more so when combined with additional risks such as negligent workers and unsafe job sites. Reviewing construction accident statistics for the U.S. and Montana specifically can help employers and workers identify the most common causes of industry accidents. With awareness often comes the ability to prevent accidents.
Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases data on fatal occupational accidents in the U.S. OSHA is the governing body over workplace safety rules and regulations. It has 85 local offices and 2,100 inspectors who oversee the health and safety of all 130 million workers in the country. OSHA consistently cites construction as the deadliest industry in America. Four main types of accidents – the Fatal Four – are responsible for about 60% of all construction worker deaths.
Without the Fatal Four, an estimated 582 additional construction workers would survive in the U.S. each year. The Fatal Four are generally preventable with due care at a job site. Obeying OSHA’s safety standards and industry best practices as a worker and employer could lead to safer sites and fewer worker injuries. The Fatal Four are responsible for the most worker deaths in Montana as well.
Construction is one of the deadliest industries in Montana. From 2012 to 2016, 23 workers in the construction industry lost their lives on the job in the state. The construction industry is second only to “agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting” in terms of worker deaths in Montana. This industry took 54 lives from 2012 to 2016.
The most common types of accidents that take workers’ lives in Montana across all industries are transportation incidents, violence by people or animals, contact with objects/equipment, falls, fires, explosions, and exposure to harmful substances. In all industries, 38 workers in the state died on the job in 2016. Most construction and workplace-related wrongful deaths in general are preventable. Negligence, carelessness and intent to harm cause most catastrophic and fatal accidents at work.
If you suffer an injury in construction in Montana, contact a Great Falls workplace accident attorney right away. A lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensation. The state’s workers’ compensation program can provide recovery for your medical bills and two-thirds lost wages, but a personal injury claim may lead to a higher settlement or jury award. You might have grounds for an injury lawsuit if one or more parties caused your injuries. A construction accident lawyer in Montana can help you explore your options.