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Why is the construction industry so dangerous?

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2018 | Construction Accidents, Firm News |

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. However, it is also one of the most regulated. It may be difficult for you to understand how it can be so dangerous when so many people and agencies in Missouri work to keep it safe. 

The Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America explains there are some things that go on in the construction industry that lead to a high number of accidents despite all the regulations. One example is the fast pace at which construction projects are supposed to be completed. If you run a company and you cannot promise quick results, you may lose out to another company. This accelerated work schedule leaves a lot of room for errors and oversights when it comes to safety. 

Another aspect is the overall organization of the industry. Many companies use subcontractors, who are supposed to be responsible for maintaining safety standards, but who may drop the ball, leading to a risky work situation for everyone on a work site. 

Finally, you may know that on many construction projects a bid is required. Often the lowest bid is chosen. In order to give the lowest bid, a company may cut corners in areas that could lead to safety risks.

These unique areas of this industry all lead to making this a dangerous career field. However, they are also all able to be fixed through more responsibility on the part of company owners. This information is for education and not legal advice.

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