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Construction Workers Still Experience More Fatal Injuries Than Workers In Any Other Industry

Jason Reese

Synopsis

  • Monroe County occupational safety officials are investigating the death of a construction worker who was killed when a large piece of limestone fell onto his head and chest at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus.
  • The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries. The leading cause of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry is falls.
  • Struck-by worker fatalities rank No. 2 on the list commonly referred to by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) as the Fatal Four.
  • Workplace injuries are an all-too-common threat, no matter what type of job site workers inhabit but it remains the responsibility of every employer to ensure a safe work environment.

Falling Limestone Causes Construction Worker Death at Indiana University

We are always saddened to hear of the death of any worker but when our wrongful death attorneys read the news about a 35-year-old worker who died when a large chunk of limestone fell on him at Indiana University’s Bloomington’s campus, it reminded them just how dangerous working in the construction industry can be.

Initial reports say the male worker was an employee for a contractor hired by the university for a renovation project located in Swain Hall. The worker was helping to install a header above an interior second-floor doorway when a 6 feet long limestone block fell onto his head and chest as it was being lofted it into place.

Struck-by worker fatalities rank No. 2 on the list commonly referred to by Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) as the Fatal Four. The leading cause of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry is falls.

The team at Wagner Reese offer our condolences and sympathy to the family, friends, and co-workers of this worker.

Construction Workers at High Risk of Struck-by Hazards

Construction worker fatalities caused by struck-by hazards remain a serious, growing concern within the industry. These injuries, too often, end up deadly when forcible contact or impact between a worker and an object or piece of equipment occurs. Struck-by hazards are categorized as follows:

  • Struck-by flying object
  • Struck-by falling object
  • Struck-by swinging object
  • Stuck-by rolling object

In general, there were 4,693 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2016, many in the construction industry or those who work with heavy materials like limestone block. Employers should recognize and mitigate common struck-by hazards that exist in and around typical work sites and educate workers on how to protect themselves from those hazards.

In the case of a workplace fatality, death benefits are secured under Indiana’s workers’ compensation laws but that is typically not enough to cover the surviving family members’ living expenses in the absence of their loved one. A wrongful death claim in these cases can help a family carry on. In the event of a work-related accident that results in a wrongful death, the benefactors of the deceased person could be eligible for funeral expenses and burial costs, as well as 500 weeks of death benefit payments. These payments may be available in a lump sum, or in structured payments.

We Support Your Family’s Wrongful Death Claim

If you have lost a loved one due to a workplace accident or employer negligence, wrongful death damages can be awarded to you and your family. Wagner Reese attorneys put decades of experience to work to fight against unsafe work environments, and we won’t collect any fees unless a wrongful death case related to a worksite injury is settled or won.

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