The construction industry is an important source of employment for Illinois workers, as well as those across the country. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 6.5 million U.S. workers laboring in more than 250,000 construction sites every day.
Unfortunately, as any Chicago construction accident lawyer knows, this large subset of the workforce is exposed to a relatively high workplace injury rate. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics establishes this fact. In recent history, four out of every 100 construction workers were injured in the workplace every year.
The construction industry also carries a high fatality rate compared to other industries. In fact, OSHA studies show that the rate of workplace deaths in construction is higher than the national average.