Construction has been booming in recent years in much of the United States from coast to coast. As the economy recovers, people are building homes, businesses, commercial buildings and much more.
One report that looked at data from 2018 showed that California was involved in this massive increase in building. In Los Angeles, for instance, construction projects were so common that it was in the top 10 for the entire country. New York led the way, but LA was in fifth place. Construction starts alone accounted for $14.5 billion.
And that’s not the only part of California that has seen a rise in projects. The San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area ranked 12th overall with $9.8 billion. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario was 22nd with $6.6 billion. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos was 24th with $6.1 billion.
Clearly, workers have a lot to do in the state, with some staying local and many others traveling extensively to take on these projects.
What they must understand is that this construction boom puts them at risk. It means more workers on the job. It means longer hours. It means more time traveling. All of that adds up to a greater potential for injuries and even fatal accidents than we have seen in years with fewer building projects. This is one of the most dangerous industries in the world, and pouring money into it could mean more incidents are bound to happen.
If you suffer injuries on the job or if you lose a loved one to a fatal construction accident, make sure that you are well aware of all of your legal options.