It has been more than a year since the last person died in a 2011 construction accident. However, every fatal 2011 construction accident remains relevant in 2013 for two reasons. First, the family and friends of each person who died are still suffering from the loss of their loved one. Second, 2011 construction accident statistics are the most recent statistics that have been released by the government and may contain important safety information for construction workers who are currently on the job.
What We Know from 2011 Construction Fatal Accident Statistics
Currently, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the following preliminary information about fatal construction accidents in 2011. According to the BLS data:
- 4,609 workers (in all industries) died in the United States in 2011. Of those 4,609 deaths, 721 were in the construction industry.
- There was a 7% drop in construction fatalities in 2011 when compared to 2010. In 2010, 774 construction workers lost their lives in work-related accidents in the United States. The government cautions that while construction fatalities have decreased every year since 2006, construction employers, workers, and their families should know that the number may rise as construction begins to pick up again in the United States after the economic downturn.
- The construction industry had the second-highest number of fatalities out of all U.S. industries. The only industry that experienced more deaths was the transportation industry.
- The most common cause of fatal construction accidents in 2011 was falls. Falls accounted for 35% of all construction deaths in 2011.
Additionally, we know that there are still other families grieving the loss of loved ones who were taken too soon. We know that families lost loved ones in 2012 and 2013 and that, together, as a community, we need to work to reduce construction accident fatalities in Virginia.
Call a Warrenton Construction Attorney if You’ve Lost a Loved One
If you have lost a loved one in a Virginia construction accident, we extend our sincere condolences to you and encourage you to contact an experienced Warrenton construction lawyer today to find out more about your legal rights and possible recovery. You can reach us at 540-341-0007 or 888-907-2631. We will do our best to help your family during this difficult time.