Construction and workplace safety

| Apr 4, 2017 | Workplace Injuries |

Construction work is considered to be safer than it was in the 1960s and 1970s. However, construction workers in Louisiana should know that as the demand for this type of work increases, so do the risks.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a death toll of 937 workers, 2015 was the deadliest year for the construction industry since 2008. That amount is nearly three times larger than the fatality rate in the manufacturing field and the highest of any industry.

Construction work-related fatalities made up 21.4 percent of all worker deaths in 2015. This means that during every week that year, 18 construction workers never came home.

According to a spokesperson for the Associated General Contractors of America, although significant strides have been made in workplace safety, it is necessary that everyone remains vigilant. This is particularly true when construction work is in high demand.

A report recently released by the AGC states that employment in the construction industry has peaked since 2008. Almost 75 percent of construction firms revealed plans to increase their workforces in 2017.

The increased demand for construction workers has made is more challenging for some companies to find qualified workers. As a result, many businesses are recruiting inexperienced people for whom education and training are essential.

At one firm, new hires are paired with experienced employees who serve as mentors. While in the field, the construction veterans demonstrate and explain the necessity of safety precautions. The trainees may feel more comfortable asking their co-workers questions than they would speaking up in formal training environments.

Individuals who sustain injuries on the job, such as neck, arm, leg or back injuries, may be eligible for workers’ compensation. An attorney may assist those who have been injured in their workplaces file initial compensation claims or appeal denied claims or insufficient amounts.