Safety In Construction

Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.

How dangerous is the construction industry really?

  • From 2000-2012, 19.5% of all deaths from that decade were from the construction industry

Which type of construction is the most dangerous?

(The average percentage of deaths per construction type)

  • Specialty Trade Contractors (foundations, structures, concrete) -- 48%
  • Heavy & Civil Engineering (utilities, sewer, oil, roads and bridges) -- 17%
  • Building Contractors (houses, remodeling, residential) -- 16%
  • Equipment Contractors (electrical, plumbing, air & heating) -- 12%
  • Building Finishing Contractors (insulation, painting, flooring) 7%

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has compiled a series of great resources regarding worker safety, including:

  • Construction Industry websites designed to assist those in the industry - whether worker or employer - to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards:
  • Check out additional resources from OSHA here:


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