Are There a High Number of Construction Fatalities in Illinois?

Construction jobs sometimes pay more than other jobs. The work is hard and often takes place outdoors in any kind of weather. It’s no surprise then that construction workers suffer on-the-job injuries that range from minor to fatal. How does construction work fare when compared to other occupations? Also, do Illinois construction workers face a high number of construction fatalities compared to workers in other states?

Several government agencies gather, analyze, and publish data regarding work-related injuries, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Reports may split data into several categories, like by type of incident, gender, and occupation. We will look at the results for 2018, the most recent data available.

Construction’s “Fatal Four”

Worksites for construction workers are inherently hazardous. It’s common for heavy machinery to be moving around the site, materials underfoot may be unstable, holes and gaps in railing occur, and heavy building supplies may fall from construction work performed overhead. Hard hats can only provide some protection.

Of all the injuries that might be suffered by construction workers, four stand out:

  • Falls
  • Being struck by an object,
  • Electrocution
  • Caught-in/Between

Called the “fatal four” by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these injuries cause the most construction worker deaths.

Construction Fatalities Compared to Other Occupations

In Illinois, 184 workers died from work injuries. Broken down by occupation, the numbers look like this:

61 transportation and material moving workers, which was the highest rate of deaths.

27 construction and extraction workers, which was the second-highest number of fatalities.

24 of the 27 deceased employees were construction trades workers.

21 people in management occupations lost their lives.

While not the highest cause of death, construction workers account for a high number of work-related fatalities.

Are Work-Related Fatalities Higher in Other States?

Fortunately, Illinois is not number one on the list of on-the-job deaths. In fact, the rate for 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in Illinois is only 3.1, a slight increase from the 2017 rate of 2.8.

While Illinois construction fatalities do not lead the list, they are still reason for concern.

Have You Been Affected by Construction Fatalities?

Losing even one person to an on-the-job is distressing, no matter what job the person had. Most deceased workers left behind people who loved them and families that depended on their financial support. Workers’ compensation benefits can help fill some of the financial gaps.

Osvaldo Rodriguez has more than 20 years’ experience helping people like you. Schedule a free initial consultation or ask a question by calling us at 708-716-3441 or by completing the Contact form on our website.

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We represent clients throughout the State of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and all of Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, Dupage County, and Will County.

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