What the New York Construction Industry Can Learn from 2010 Fatality Statistics

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At first glance, the news about fatal 2010 occupational injuries is encouraging for the construction industry. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that fatalities in the construction industry fell another 10% last year.

However, these statistics must be read with some caution by construction workers, their families and their employers. According to the BLS:
    • Economic conditions may explain much of this decline with total hours worked having declined another 6 percent in construction in 2010, after declines in both 2008 and 2009. Even with the lower fatal injury total, construction accounted for more fatal work injuries than any other industry in 2010.

What This Means for New York Construction Workers

While it is hard to predict when the economy will improve and construction will once again be at the levels enjoyed in the past, most experts agree that at some time in the future the United States economy will improve and construction workers across the nation, including here in New York, will get busier. At that time, we may once again see construction fatalities rise unless real changes are made in response to dangers facing construction workers.

To protect New York construction workers now and in the future, employers should follow all government regulations and work to protect workers from falls, transportation accidents, struck-by-object incidents and other dangers.

If your loved one has been killed in a New York or New Jersey construction accident, please contact an experienced New York accident attorney for more information. You can schedule an appointment with a New York accident lawyer by calling The Pagan Law Firm at 1-800-PAGAN-911.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary 2010, August 25, 2011

Read More About 2010 Fatal Occupational Injuries in Our FREE library article: A Review of 2010 Fatal Occupational Injury Statistics in New York and around the Country

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