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Construction deaths dropped slightly but fatalities remain high

Construction workers in Louisiana encounter many hazards on any given day, but 2017 proved to be slightly less deadly for them than 2016. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that tallied construction worker fatalities, deadly incidents across the country dropped 2 percent in 2017 among private-sector workers. A total of 971 people lost their lives on the job in the construction industry in 2017.

Despite the apparent progress, the numbers remained higher than in 2014 and 2015. Fatal accident rates varied within the construction industry with roofers and structural iron and steel workers experiencing higher than average rates. Among roofers, 45.2 per 100,000 full-time workers died from workplace accidents, and steel workers experienced 33.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. People working in the category of building construction reported an 8 percent increase in fatalities for 2017, but deaths among civil engineers fell by 4 percent.

The crane operation sector achieved its lowest fatality rate of 33 worker deaths since the government started keeping records in 2003. A former official with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration credited the improvement to standards for that occupation that came into effect in 2010.

When someone a person dies in an on-the-job accident, surviving family members might be able to seek death benefits through the employer's workers' compensation insurance coverage. The advice of an attorney could support the pursuit of a settlement by informing them about available insurance coverage and how to make a claim. Thereafter, the attorney could assist with the collection of all required supporting documentation and help to ensure that the claim is filed within the required time period.

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