For many years, it’s been well-known that construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Workers in Florida have to understand that risk. While it may not see the most injuries or fatalities per capita, construction produces some of the highest totals.
On top of that, we even know the main reasons for these accidents. Those that cause the most fatalities are known as the “Fatal Four.” Even though experts have identified them and tracked the statistics, these continue to be a factor year in and year out. The Fatal Four are:
- Getting caught between two items or machines
- Getting electrocuted by live wires
- Getting struck by something that falls or is dropped from above
- Falling off of a higher level, a roof, a ladder or some other elevated position
These are ranked from the least common (5.5%) to the most (33.5%). Altogether, construction accounts for roughly one out of every five worker fatalities in a standard year.
That said, it’s not just fatalities that are an issue. These same stats show that serious injuries are possible and quite likely. For instance, a worker who is conscious of the risk of being hit by something that falls from above may wear a cutting-edge hardhat and other protective gear. That can help keep the impact from being fatal, but they may still suffer a concussion, a skull fracture or a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Those who get hurt on the job may have a right to compensation. Working with an experienced legal team can help them seek proper benefits.