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These incidents showcase the risks and liabilities of construction sites. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s no secret that construction accidents account for more workplace injuries and fatalities than any other sector. In fact, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that 1 in 10 construction site workers are injured every year, costing a full 15% of workers’ compensation costs countrywide.

The following is a compilation of eight of the most expensive construction accident cases so far this century. It illustrates the incidents that were the most costly for employers, the types of injuries sustained, the amounts of settlements and jury verdicts, and the basis for liability. The research was conducted using the specialized search feature at our sister publication VerdictSearch.

Hannah Smith JD


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