Supervisory positions are the dream of many Americans. We imagine ourselves working our way up the ranks, until we are the ones in charge, the ones collecting the big paychecks, the ones making a salary instead of a wage. In most lines of work, the higher you go the less dangerous the work. That isn’t necessarily true with construction.
The most recent year’s data that is available, from 2013, highlights just how dangerous construction remains for those who have worked their way up to a position like site supervisor. Though the overall number of deaths of site supervisors is lower than some other positions, the rate is much higher, considering how many more laborers there are than site supervisors. The number of deaths, by position, was:
- 220 construction laborers
- 122 site supervisors
- 77 carpenters
- 72 roofers
Earning the right to be site supervisor is still a wonderful achievement, but the real money without risk is only available to the highest of the high, those bankrolling the project. The real estate moguls reap huge profits while the guys on the line, from the roofers up to the supervisors, take all the risk.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a construction accident, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. A family can’t get by on workman’s compensation alone, but knowing how to get the care and compensation you are entitled to do is difficult. Please contact an experienced attorney who will know what steps you should take to protect yourself and your family.