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Which types of construction jobs are the most dangerous?

If you think cranes, scaffolding and heavy equipment have seemingly been everywhere recently, you’re not imagining it. According to a report from ABC 15, the construction industry in the Phoenix area has been booming. From March 2018-19, the Phoenix area added just under 14,000 construction jobs – and didn’t even fill all openings.

There are many good jobs in construction, and they often pay well. But before you or a loved one takes a gig, it is important to be fully aware of the potential dangers.

The most dangerous types of construction jobs

Many people know that construction can be a dangerous profession. Some positions within the industry carry more risks than others, however. A 2017 analysis offers some details.

The most dangerous type of construction job? Roofing. According to the analysis, there were 45.2 deaths among every 100,000 roofers in the year 2017, making it the fourth-most deadly career among all jobs. Overall there were 91 roofer fatalities and 2,810 nonfatal roofer injuries, with slips, trips and falls the most common cause. After that:

  • Structural iron and steel workers - 33.3 fatalities per 100,000 workers (14 total deaths, 1,280 total injuries)
  • First-line supervisors, construction and extraction trade – 17.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers ( (121 total deaths, 5,320 total injuries)
  • Helpers in the construction trade – 17.3 fatalities per 100,000 workers (11 total deaths, 2,660 total injuries)
  • Construction laborers – 14.3 fatalities per 100,000 workers (259 total deaths, 21,760 total injuries)
  • Equipment operators/operating engineers – 11.8 fatalities per 100,000 workers (45 total deaths, 2,230 total injuries)
  • Construction and maintenance painters – 8.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers (44 total fatalities, 4,200 total injuries)

Life-changing accidents

The construction industry is inherently dangerous. It often involves being high off the ground, operating in and around large machinery, working with heavy materials or dealing with temporary support systems. Working conditions can easily be unsafe.

If you or a loved one becomes injured while on the job, it’s important you are cared for and compensated – whether it be through workers’ compensation insurance, or a personal injury claim because someone else’s mistake led to the accident.

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