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Construction Accident Statistics for 2023: The Risks and Seeking Justice

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Construction sites can be bustling with activity, but they also pose numerous hazards that can lead to serious accidents and injuries. It’s essential to understand the risks associated with construction work and the legal options available if you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident. J&Y will explore construction accident statistics, common types of construction accidents, and the importance of seeking legal representation from J&Y Law Firm to protect your rights and pursue fair compensation.

Construction Accident Statistics

Construction accidents are unfortunately prevalent in the United States, impacting the lives of workers and their families. Let’s examine some key construction accident statistics:

Fatalities and Injuries:

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2020, there were approximately 1,061 construction-related fatalities in the United States, accounting for 20.3% of all worker deaths in the private industry sector. Additionally, OSHA reported that nearly 2.3 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses were recorded among construction workers in the same year. In 2023, we will continue to monitor the number of construction-related fatalities and injuries. Already, there were a number of injuries, including the death of a construction worker in Pacoima on June 7th, 2023.

Construction Accident Trends

Over the years, construction accident trends have shown both improvements and areas of concern. OSHA has made significant efforts to enhance safety measures and enforce regulations, resulting in a decline in overall construction fatalities and injuries. However, certain types of accidents, such as falls, continue to be a major concern.

Understanding these statistics underscores the importance of prioritizing safety measures on construction sites and holding responsible parties accountable when accidents occur. If you or someone you know has been affected by a construction accident, it is crucial to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.

Common Types of Construction Accidents

Construction sites are dynamic environments with various potential hazards. Here are some of the most common types of construction accidents:


Falls from heights, such as scaffolds, ladders, or rooftops, are a leading cause of construction-related injuries and fatalities. Lack of fall protection, improper safety equipment, or failure to follow safety protocols can contribute to these accidents. Workers may suffer fractures, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, or even fatal consequences.

Struck-By Accidents

Struck-by accidents occur when a worker is hit by a moving or falling object, vehicle, or equipment. This can include being struck by materials being hoisted, falling debris, or being hit by construction vehicles. These accidents often result in severe injuries, such as broken bones, internal injuries, or traumatic brain injuries.

Caught-In/Between Accidents

Caught-in/between accidents involve workers getting caught, crushed, or compressed between objects or machinery. This can occur when working near heavy machinery, within trenches or excavation sites, or when workers are caught between collapsing structures. These accidents often lead to serious injuries, amputations, or fatalities.


Construction sites often involve working near electrical wiring, power lines, or other sources of electricity. Electrocutions can occur due to faulty wiring, unsafe use of equipment, or contact with live electrical currents. Electric shocks can result in severe burns, cardiac arrest, nerve damage

Construction Accidents in the Press in California

Construction accidents continue to make headlines across California, shedding light on the importance of safety measures and the need for legal recourse. Here are a few notable examples of recent construction accidents reported in the press:

Pacoima Concrete Wall Accident

In a tragic incident in Pacoima, a construction worker was fatally injured from a collapse of a concrete wall on a construction site. The incident highlighted the risks faced by construction workers and the need for safer sites and rules. J&Y Law Firm understands the devastating impact of such accidents and stands ready to assist injured workers in pursuing justice and fair compensation.

Encino Trench Collapse

In Los Angeles, a trench collapse at a construction site resulted in the death of a worker. The incident brought attention to the hazards of working in excavations and the importance of strict adherence to safety guidelines. 

Sacramento Construction Site Fire

A construction site fire in Sacramento caused significant property damage and resulted in injuries to several workers. The incident emphasized the need for fire prevention measures and proper training to ensure the safety of workers and prevent catastrophic accidents. J&Y Law Firm is committed to advocating for the rights of construction workers injured in such incidents and helping them navigate the legal process to seek compensation for their losses.

These recent construction accidents serve as reminders of the real dangers faced by construction workers daily. By staying informed about these incidents, we can collectively work towards improving safety standards and holding negligent parties accountable.

The Importance of Seeking Legal Representation

When you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, seeking legal representation is crucial to protect your rights and navigate the complexities of the legal system. Here’s why choosing J&Y Law Firm can make a significant difference:

Knowledge and Experience

J&Y Law Firm has extensive knowledge and experience in personal injury law, including construction accidents. Their team of dedicated attorneys understands the intricacies of construction accident cases, including the applicable laws and regulations. With their in-depth understanding of the legal landscape, they can effectively evaluate your case, identify liable parties, and build a strong legal strategy to maximize your chances of obtaining fair compensation.

Investigation and Gathering Evidence

Construction accident cases often require a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident and establish liability. J&Y Law Firm has the resources to conduct a comprehensive investigation, gathering crucial evidence such as accident reports, witness testimonies, and photographs. By meticulously analyzing the details of your case, they can build a compelling argument to support your claim and hold the responsible parties accountable.

Negotiation and Settlement

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J&Y Law Firm has a track record of skillful negotiation with insurance companies and other parties involved. Insurance companies may try to offer low settlement amounts that do not adequately compensate you for your injuries and losses. However, with their experience and legal acumen, J&Y Law Firm attorneys will tirelessly advocate for your rights and pursue a fair settlement that considers the full extent of your damages. They will stand by your side throughout the negotiation process, ensuring that you make informed decisions and receive the compensation you deserve.

Workers’ Compensation and Third-Party Claims

In many construction accident cases, workers’ compensation benefits may be available. Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides medical expenses, lost wages, and disability benefits to workers injured on the job, regardless of fault. J&Y Law Firm can assist you in understanding your rights under workers’ compensation laws and help you navigate the claims process to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.

Apart from workers’ compensation, you may have the right to pursue a third-party claim if another party’s negligence contributed to your construction accident. Third-party claims allow you to seek compensation beyond what workers’ compensation provides, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, and punitive damages. J&Y Law Firm will thoroughly assess your case to identify potential third parties, such as contractors, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, or property owners, who may be held liable for their negligence. They will fight aggressively to hold these parties accountable and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.

J&Y Law Construction Accident Attorneys

Construction accidents pose significant risks to workers and can have lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences. By understanding construction accident statistics and the common types of accidents, you can be better prepared to protect yourself or your loved ones in the event of an accident. If you have been injured in a construction accident, seeking legal representation from J&Y Law Firm can make a significant difference. Their experienced personal injury attorneys will advocate for your rights, help you navigate the complex legal process, and fight for fair compensation. Remember, you are not alone—J&Y Law Firm is here to support you in seeking justice and rebuilding your life after a construction accident. Contact us today.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.