Connecticut residents rely on the essential work performed by construction workers. These workers repair buildings and build new ones where Connecticut residents live and work. Unfortunately, this important work also comes with the risk of construction accidents, including the potential for fatal accidents.

Alarmingly, the construction industry has a much higher rate of fatal workplace injuries than that of other industries. In 2009, private industry construction workers were almost three times as likely to die from workplace injuries as compared to all workers, with a fatality rate of 9.7 workers per every 100,000 construction workers.

Construction work involves many different fields, and some of these fields are more dangerous than others. Some of the most dangerous construction occupations include roofing, structural iron and steel work, and general labor. These three occupations are all in the top ten occupations for fatal injury rates, with roofing the highest of the three with 34.7 fatal work injuries per 100,000 workers.

One of the most common forms of fatal construction site accidents occurs in the form of falls. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 34 percent of fatal construction worker accidents in 2009 were due to falls, Furthermore, construction workers’ falls accounted for almost half of all fatal falls in private industries. Other major sources of fatal construction worker injuries include transportation accidents, at 25 percent, as well as harmful contact with equipment or objects and exposure to harmful environments or substances.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal construction site accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits could help the family members of the deceased worker, especially if they relied on their income to meet their basic living needs. Additionally, these benefits could be used to address any expenses and bills that incurred because of the fatal work incident, such as medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral expenses and other related losses.

Source: CDC, “Construction Safety and Health,” accessed June 3, 2016