As of March 2017 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 6,882,000 people were employed in the construction industry. This is right at 4% of total employment in the United States.
Yet, they also report that the number of fatal work injuries in 2015, the latest available data, was 937 in the construction industry, which amounted to just over 21% of all worker deaths.
- Construction Accounts for Only 4% of Workers but 21% of Deaths. Now that’s a shocking statistic. But there’s more.
- Fatal Four Causes of Construction Worker Deaths. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 64% of construction worker deaths in 2015 had just four causes:
- Falls: 364 deaths or 38.8% of total deaths.
- Struck by Object: 90 deaths or 9.5% of total.
- Electrocutions: 81 deaths or 8.6% of total.
- Caught-in or Between: 67 deaths or 7.2% of total.
- Fatal Injuries in Construction Occupations Reached All Time Highs in 2015. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that fatal injuries for construction laborers hit the highest rate since 2008, carpenters the highest rate since 2009, electricians since 2009, with plumbers, pipe fitters, and steam fitters since 2003.
- Total Nonfatal Injuries in Construction at 71,730. Reported by the National Safety Council with back injuries at the top with 11,690 injuries and hand injuries not far behind at 11,200. Providing protection from hand injuries is one of our specialties. It’s clearly needed.
- Nearly All Construction Workers Will Have at Least One Work-Related Injury in Their Lifetime. Based on information reported in Safety + Health researchers found not only this statistic but also that over a 45-year career a construction worker has a 75% chance of a disabling injury and a 1-in-200 chance of a fatal injury.
For construction industry veterans, those stats probably aren’t news. You’ve no doubt observed them along the way in your career. But, hopefully, they provide a renewed sense of purpose around implementing safety procedures in your workplace.
For further insight, see our infographic “Top Construction-Related Work Injuries.”
We’ve Got You Covered
As we noted above with hand injuries, when it comes to personal protective equipment, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s gloves, glasses, garments, or all three, you can find them at MCR Safety.