Working on a construction site can be dangerous. Injuries are not uncommon, and some men and women never recover after serious accidents. Fatal construction injuries have even increased in recent years, meaning that there are a lot of New Jersey workers who are at risk of clocking into work, and then never going home.
More people are dying
According to experts, fatal construction injuries are at their highest peak since a previous high in 2011. There was a notable increase in 2019, when construction deaths increased 5% in that year alone. That same year, a construction worker died from work related injuries every 99 minutes.
What is causing these deaths?
Work-related injuries can occur over time because of repetitive work or movement, or instead may be the result of single accidents. In the construction industry, these accidents contribute to a large number of work-related fatalities. Some of the more common fatal accidents that might occur on a construction site include:
- Falling objects
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Machinery problems
- Work related violence
New Jersey families who have lost loved ones with little to no warning understand just how difficult this situation can be. Fatal construction injuries often get in the way of grieving because families may be forced to find new financial support while also dealing with things like medical bills or funeral expenses. Although this can be a difficult period of time, temporary death benefits through the workers’ compensation system can be an invaluable asset for grieving families.