Tough times are being predicted for many of the nation's industries -- and that could mean that workplaces will become less safe for employees.
There are many aspects of a construction project in Illinois. The project starts well before any work is actually performed. The people responsible for the project start with choosing a location. Then, architects begin designing the building. Once the designs are approved, materials and equipment need to be brought in and the actual construction can start. Once building has begun, construction accidents can occur and construction workers can suffer severe injuries as a result.
Accidents can happen in any workplace, but when workers are surrounded by heavy equipment and hazardous conditions, a simple accident is more likely to lead to serious injury.
As buildings age in Chicago, they need to be replaced. Also, there are new apartment buildings, hotels and other large buildings that are constructed throughout the city. These are big projects that involve large cranes, heavy machinery and other tools. However, these projects also involve a lot of construction workers. These workers can be required to complete tasks which can be very dangerous if the proper safety equipment is not used or is faulty in some way.
Construction projects occur all over Illinois and there are many projects occurring at any given time. This means that there are also many construction workers working on these projects as well. Construction workers and their families rely on these jobs in order to support themselves and their families. However, in order to work and be able to earn an income, the workers must be healthy enough to work. If they are seriously injured or killed in a construction accident it can be very devastating.
Falls at a construction site may be fatal. But failure to provide protection against falls at construction sites topped the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's preliminary list of the 10 most cited violations from Oct. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019. This list also contained other violations of safety rules at construction sites which are not only illegal but also constitute construction negligence.
Extreme weather set record-high temperatures in June and July this year. Much of the country experienced temperatures approaching or above triple digits. This heat wave, in addition to changing the climate and causing ice melts, also joined construction negligence as causing construction fatalities.
Government agencies and safety advocacy groups have taken steps to combat construction negligence. A recent report showed that the number of construction fall deaths increased from 2011 to 2017. Falls are the top cause of construction deaths. From 2011 to 2017, all types of falls, slips and trips increased.