Study Sheds Light on Construction Site Fires

By Peter DePaolis

A study by the U.S. Fire Administration found that there are approximately 4,800 construction site fires every year in the United States. Each fire causes about $35 million in property loss, according to the study. In addition, arson and open flame cause the majority of the construction site fires – 71 percent to be exact.

The fires cause not only millions in property loss but also cause on average 30 injuries and 10 deaths. Fires at construction sites are less likely to kill or injure civilians, but they tend to cause more damage because there are no smoke alarms or sprinklers at work sites. March and July are peak months for construction site fires.

The study found that incidences of construction site fires increase over the course of the workday. However, if arson is the cause, the fire generally occurs after hours. In general, incidents of arson occur at night. Like all fires, construction site fires are preventable. Do you know someone injured in a fire at a construction site? Our team is here to help. Contact our office today.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.