The safety education company eTrain Today used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics to compile a list of the most deadly jobs in the nation. The findings were significant for workers in several industries, including the construction industry. The data showed four major causes of construction worker deaths, as well as commonly violated OSHA standards that led to injury or death. According to the 2010 data, the most dangerous jobs, whether in or out of the construction industry, were those that involved extensive driving.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year approximately 100 construction workers are killed in roadway work zones around the nation. On Tuesday morning, a semi truck failed to merge into the left lane quickly enough and chose to drive around a Department of Transportation arrow truck by going onto the right shoulder. He struck and killed a 55-year-old Highland man who was at work repairing the shoulder on I-39. The fatal construction accident is a grim reminder of the hazards faced by the workers who build and maintain Illinois' roads.
The Center for Construction Research and Training has released a study showing elevated risks of illness and injury for construction workers. Three out of four construction workers suffer a disabling injury over the course of a 45 year career. The chances of suffering a fatal injury are 1 in 200. These numbers are significantly higher than those of the average worker. In addition to suffering from a high rate of accidents, construction workers were also found to suffer high rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. That condition is associated with long-term exposure to smoke, fumes and pollution of the type that is common in the construction field.
A 28 year-old contract worker was hit and killed by a truck in a Will County construction zone this weekend. The driver of the semi tractor truck was issued a citation in connection with the fatal construction accident. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident.
Many industries rely on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to make the workplace safe for their workers. Unfortunately, a surprising number of construction and other workplace accidents occur because PPE were not used properly, or at all. According to a recent survey, roughly 9 out of 10 safety professionals acknowledged that they had witnessed workers not wearing safety equipment when they should. An additional twenty-nine percent said that they had seen workers not using PPE many times.
All over Illinois and the nation, people gathered in honor of the men and women who have been injured or who lost their lives in workplace accidents. Workers' Memorial Day services were a time to express gratitude while focusing on the challenges still facing us. In many industries such as construction, worker accidents are a regular occurrence. By ignoring the tragedies of the past, we put today's workers at greater risk.
A 43 year-old construction worker was killed in the Chicago suburb of Glenview last week when he was struck by a metal beam. The man was working on part of a new $100 million dollar expansion of the Glenbrook Hospital. After being struck by the steel beam the worker was taken to the emergency room onsite. It was there that the worker was pronounced dead.
The U.S. Department of Labor has fined two Illinois grain operators nearly $1.4 million following the deaths of three workers, including two teenagers, who were killed when they suffocated after being engulfed by grain.