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Construction is one of the most dangerous professions in the United States. Each year, one in every ten construction workers is injured on the job. Many of these workers require long-term treatment and the assistance of a workers’ compensation attorney. Over the course of a career, construction workers have a one-in-two-hundred chance that they will die on the job. Even with improved safety standards and greater oversight by OSHA and regulatory agencies, construction workers are still balancing on a knife’s edge between safety and danger.
In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 2.9 million nonfatal injuries in the workplace. That is a rate of 3 injuries per 100 full-time workers. It is a sobering statistic that shows the very real risks and dangers workers face every day. Whether working in an office or digging in a mine, the risk of injury or death is an ever-present reality. From 2010 to 2014, the following were the primary causes of injuries in the workplace: