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Common Construction-Related Accidents, Injuries and Causes

July 18, 2019

Morristown New Jersey Construction Accident

Statistics on Construction Site Fatalities


Throughout 2017, over 5,147 workers were killed on the job. That makes an average of about 14 deaths each day. Out of those fatalities, about 20 percent occurred in the construction industry. 

Despite rigorous regulations and safety standards, construction is an inherently dangerous field to work in. Accidents continue to occur, and these dangerous accidents often result in injuries or even death. Read on to learn more about the common types of construction accidents and injuries and what causes them. 


Common Types of Construction Accidents

Construction workers face serious hazards while they work. The “Fatal Four” types of construction accidents were responsible for nearly 60 percent of all construction-related deaths in 2017. The fatal four includes: 

• Falls 

• Struck by an object 

• Electrocutions 

• Caught-in or between objects, equipment or material 

While these four types of accidents make up a large percentage of all the construction-related incidents, thousands more are injured by other construction accidents involving: 

• Cranes or other vehicles 

• Power tools 

• Scaffolding 

• Tripping hazards 

• Defective equipment 

• Excessive noise 


• Repetitive motion injuries 

• Respiratory diseases 

OSHA’s guidelines helps ensure greater safety for all employees, so it’s imperative for employees to be efficiently trained to avoid accidents. 


Common Injuries Stemming from Construction Accidents

When a construction-related accident occurs, the injuries can be severe. Here’s a list of the most commonly reported injuries in the construction field: 

• Broken bones or fractures 

Loss of limbs 

• Severe cuts or lacerations 


Loss of vision or hearing

• Sprains or strains from overuse or overexertion 


• Spinal cord injuries 

• PTSD from a traumatic accident 

Traumatic brain injuries 

• Exposure to toxic chemicals 

In the worst situations, the worker perishes as a result of the work-related accident. 


Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Construction-related accidents are almost always caused by someone’s negligence. In many situations, defective products, unsafe worksite conditions, a lack of safety gear or the improper use of tools and equipment leads to a work-related accident. These common causes can all be avoided through protective measures, safety training and a properly maintained worksite. If you’ve been injured as a result of a construction-related accident, then it’s important to reach out to an experienced attorney who can help you research your options for compensation. 

Contact a Morristown Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Construction Site Injury Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries on a construction site in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Hoyt & Hoyt represent clients injured because of construction site injuries in Morristown, New Brunswick and throughout New Jersey. Call (973) 718-7744 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 67 East Park Place, 5th Floor, Morristown, NJ 07960, as well as offices in New Brunswick.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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