With the U.S. economy in the midst of a recession, many businesses have suffered the effects of a significant decrease in consumer spending. Real estate, historically regarded as an exceptionally good investment, has proven to be less than lucrative as home prices continue to fall in most areas of the United States. Houses sit empty in newly constructed neighborhoods and many contractors are struggling to find financial stability. Many construction workers who have previously found steady employment with a professional contractor have also struggled to find any work at all. Many skilled laborers, though highly qualified, find there is little to no demand for construction workers.

Though there have been fewer projects for construction crews, there may be a silver lining for some in the midst of the storm. On August 20, Bloomberg news reported that deaths in the workplace fell to their lowest levels in 16 years, down 10 percent in 2008. This is most likely a correlation with the decline in dangerous jobs available in fields such as commercial construction. Indeed, while deaths for construction workers dropped 20 percent from 2007, spending on construction projects fell 5 percent. According to the report, transportation accidents were still responsible for the highest number of work-related deaths.

Despite the decline in construction accident deaths in 2008, workers should still be vigilant and aware of possible safety concerns on the job. There have still been many high profile construction accident fatalities over the past few months. Most recently, a man fell to his death in Branson, Missouri while working on a construction tank at an ethanol plant. Another worker fell to his death while testing a potentially incorrectly assembled scaffolding in Brooklyn, New York. According to a New York Times report, the scaffolding fell when a section of rope disconnected from a the fifth story wall. The worker fell to a first floor terrace and died.

Many times, construction accidents can be prevented by simple oversight and a conscientious commitment to safety by all workers on the job site. The tragic reality, however, is that safety is often not the primary concern of the workers or those in charge. Time constraints, deadlines, and a casual attitude often are contributing factors to preventable construction accidents. Workers who observe potentially hazardous conditions on any job sites which they are currently working should notify their foreman or job site supervisor in addition to any extra precautions. Vigilance regarding safety, especially in a dangerous profession such as construction, is its own reward.

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