When Do Most Construction Accidents Happen?

Construction is one of the most dangerous professions — construction workers experience injuries and fatalities at a much higher rate than other workers in other industries. As a result, they require much more time off to recoup from these accidents. Although construction accidents unfortunately happen year-round, there are times when accident frequency seem to increase. According to a report prepared based on data from the¬†Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most dangerous day of the week for construction workers is Wednesday. In other words, on average, Wednesday is the day when the most fatal construction accidents occur.

Delving Into The Data

According to data from the aforementioned report, on average, 168 fatal construction accidents occur on Wednesday. Compared to the weekly low, Friday, with 124 accidents, this is certainly a sizable difference. Prior to this study, the common, incorrect belief was that Monday and Friday were the days with the largest number of fatal events. There is no definitive reason as to why more accidents occur mid-week, although a few hypothesizes have been made about it. One main hypothesis is that the increase seen is because more intensive jobs are planned during this time. For example, if a construction company was going to pour concrete for a large project, they likely wouldn’t do it right before the weekend.

Furthermore, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 170 report tracked the time of day at which accidents happened most frequently as well. They used military time to record data, and found that between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. was the most dangerous time of the day for construction workers. During this hour, there averaged 91 fatal events. Since this is around the middle of the workday, this statistic makes a bit more sense. Additionally, it is likely that many workers may want to complete a task before they break for lunch. Thus, they may choose to work quickly and sacrifice safety. It is possible that they may be hungry as well, resulting in fatigue and weakness, and in turn more accidents. From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. saw the second largest number of fatal accidents, with the average at 86.

Contact A Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, either as a worker or passing pedestrian, it is important to proceed properly. You may be entitled to damages, to compensate you for any suffering, medical fees, and time spent away from work. Contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in construction accidents to discuss your case today.