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Construction Companies Don't Always Prioritize Their Workers Safety

Print Article Contributed by FSM Staff

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Construction consistently ranks among the most dangerous jobs in America. Construction workers face serious safety hazards every day, from extreme heights and heavy equipment to dangerous machinery and electrical risks.

But surveys conducted by safety organizations and agencies show that many of the hazards construction workers face could be caused by construction companies valuing their bottom line more than their worker's health and safety.

According to statistics from the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, disturbing data shows that the majority of construction workers feel that their employers place a higher emphasis on productivity than they do workplace safety.

Stats about Construction Workplace Safety:
The statistics gathered by the NSC and the Bureau of Labor Statistics paint a startling picture of the occupational safety landscape within the construction industry.
• 58 percent of construction workers believe their employer's value productivity over safety.
• 51 percent of workers in the construction industry report that management does only the bare minimum required by law when it comes to workplace safety.
• 47 percent of construction workers say they are afraid to report safety issues at work.
• 67 percent of construction workers report that performance standards are more important to their employers than safety standards.

This is extremely problematic considering the high rate of fatalities and serious injuries among construction workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,836 workplace fatalities in 2015, with construction deaths accounting for nearly 1,000 of these. Falls are the leading cause of workplace deaths across all industries, and over half of all construction-related work accidents involve a fall.

It’s interesting to compare how the stats for construction workers stack up against the stats for other industries. For example:
• 32 percent of employees across all other industries feel management ignores an individual's safety performance when it comes to awarding promotions.
• 47 percent of workers in all other industries believe that employers place more emphasis on performance standards than safety standards.

Philadelphia Workers Compensation Lawyer Discusses Workplace Safety in the Construction Industry
Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Joel J. Kofsky states, Getting hurt at work is particularly terrifying. When your livelihood is on the line, you may not know where to turn next. And if you're a construction worker, the prospect of being too injured to work can be extremely stressful. If you have been injured on the job at a construction site, you have important rights, including the right to receive workers compensation benefits for your injuries and other losses.

Construction is a dangerous industry. Unfortunately, construction companies don't always prioritize their workers' safety. And when accidents occur, some companies try to pressure workers into not making a claim for benefits. Don't let this happen to you. Protect yourself by getting an experienced Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer on your side right away.

Sources:
1. http://www.nsc.org/Connect/NSCNewsReleases/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=195
2. http://time.com/4624034/most-dangerous-jobs-2015/

 

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