Labor Day is a holiday intended to acknowledge the American working force for their dedicated efforts. To thank the hard-working men and women for all they contribute to the infrastructure of our country.

Construction accident stats are constantly shared by various data sources and personal injury firms. The steady stream of facts and figures conveys the connection between risky yet necessary labor-intensive jobs with sometimes fatal and often life-changing workplace injuries.

A holiday that lands on the first Monday in September, Labor Day was first celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City. Now, Labor Day is embraced across America as an annual tribute to the men and women who have built this country and help to maintain it.

To show the relationship between construction and personal injury, we’ve compiled a few construction accident stats and are accompanying the numbers with an example of a recent construction accident lawsuit from one of our RW Lynch Network Attorneys.



Construction Accident Stats:

  • In 2015, slips and falls were the cause of 354 deaths and were the primary cause of death for construction workers (Source: OSHA).
  • 39.5% percentage of construction accident deaths that occurred due to contact with objects of equipment (Source: OSHA).

Construction jobs are taxing on one’s body and come with the inherent dangers that accompany the building of a structure. From time to time, all of us need the assistance of the skills and knowledge these workers possess in order to live in our homes, drink clean water, use electricity, and drive on our roads. It’s all too easy to overlook these contributions that help us in our daily lives.

RW Lynch Construction Accident Story: Young Man Killed by Defective Bulldozer

An RW Lynch Network Attorney in Oklahoma reports that his firm received a call via the Injury HelpLine from a grieving woman who needed help with a substantial case. Sadly, her son was killed in an accident while on a construction site due to a defective bulldozer that he was operating at the time of the accident (Story continues below continued construction accident stats).

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Construction Accident Stats (continued):

  • 1 in 10 Construction Workers are Injured Every Year. (Source: OSHA)
  • Between 2002 and 2912, 19.5% of all workplace deaths were from the construction industry. (Source: EHS Today)
  • On average, in 2015, a work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes. (Source: FARS/GES Data)
  • Between 1982 and 2015, 20% of the 768 deaths recorded in construction occurred in the victims first two months on the job. (Source: OSHA)
  • Construction workers between 25-34 years old are the most likely to be injured in a construction site accident (Source: OSHA)

The young man who passed away was in his prime. All signs are pointing to this being a scenario that involves mechanical failure. The young man worked on construction sites for a good few years and had no history of irresponsible behavior when it came to operating large machinery or motorized vehicles on the job site.

The victim of this construction site accident was not only a beloved son. He was the sole provider for his wife and child. They will now have to find a way to pay their living expenses and the high costs that accompany such a tragic situation. Our Member Attorney is currently helping to get a large settlement for the family.

A huge “thank you” to the hard-working men and women for all they contribute to building and maintaining the infrastructure of our country.

The wrongful death/product liability suit against the bulldozer’s manufacturer will no doubt be a large one. The RW Lynch Network Member Attorney thanks the Injury Helpline for sending him the call and will be providing updates as the case progresses.

Personal Injury Attorneys help American workers when they need it most. Do you own a personal injury law firm or work for one? Want to connect with clients in your community? RW Lynch, founders of Injury HelpLine, have been in operation since 1984 and is a trusted source for injury victims who want to connect with a reliable attorney in their region.

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