It usually makes the news when a construction worker is killed on the job in Ohio. Obviously, these incidents do not happen every day, but neither are they nearly as rare as they should be.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were 828 construction site fatalities in 2013. That means about U.S. construction workers died each day in America, but that grim number is actually much better than it used to be. In 1970, about 38 construction workers were killed per day, according to WCCO-TV.
In 2013, construction workers made up about 20 percent of all occupational fatalities. Falls were the most common type of deadly construction accident, making up 37 percent of all such incidents. The next-most common accidents involved being struck by an object (10 percent), electrocution (9 percent) and getting crushed (3 percent).
While safety at construction sites has improved significantly in the last 45 years, workers’ lives may still be at risk every day they show up to work. Much more common are accidents that the victim survives, but causes him or her a serious accident. Hand, head, limb and back injuries are not uncommon in Ohio or across the country.
Since it is necessary to be in good physical condition to handle the rigors of construction work, an on-the-job injury can put workers and their families in serious financial peril. Fortunately, Ohio’s workers’ compensation system recognizes this, and provides funds to help make up the lost income and medical bill costs.