Construction accidents are frequent enough that the industry — and the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) — have a term for the four most common accidents. It’s the “fatal four.”
Wondering how much jobs in construction pay? The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiles statistics for all occupations every year. The BLS reports that the median annual salary for the category, which it terms construction and extraction occupations, was $43,610 as of May 2016.
Among all construction site employees and laborers, a crane operator is one of the most important. If you don’t mind heights, like working with heavy machinery and crave hands-on work, becoming a crane operator may be right for you. Certified crane operators who excel at their job enjoy good salaries, steady work hours and a career track that offers travel opportunities.
Construction sites can be dangerous places. In fact, construction deaths account for one in five out of all work-related deaths in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). In 2015, the last year for which statistics are available, 93 workers per week lost their lives in work-related accidents and mishaps. More than 20% were in construction.
Eight construction workers in Brooklyn fell more than twenty-five feet from the third floor before hitting the ground. According to the New York Daily News, a neighbor recounted, “I saw a few guys go in, and I remember telling them, ‘Be careful because the building is unstable.’ Later, I saw a guy running out to get his cellphone from his car to call 911. They were working in there. I could hear.”