According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 6.166 million Americans were employed in the construction industry during December of 2014.
Fatal Accidents & Injuries In The Construction Industry
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that more than twelve American workers are killed in work-related accidents every day. Over 20% of these fatalities take place in the construction industry, and one out of five affect the lives of Latino or Hispanic workers.
In 2013, for every 100 construction workers active, 3.8 suffered a job-related injury or illness. While this number has been reduced significantly since OSHA’s founding in 1972, injured construction workers are more likely than other employees to be severely injured. 58% of the workers injured in 2013 were forced to take time off work.
The Centers for Disease Control has found that specialty trade contractors (workers, like plumbers and electricians, who perform skilled duties) are most likely to suffer fatal on-the-job injuries.
Most Common Construction Accidents
According to OSHA, the four most common accidents that result in personal injury are:
- Falls – 36.9% of all fatal construction accidents in 2013
- Struck by object – 10.3% of all deadly accidents
- Electrocution – 8.9% of all fatal injuries
- Caught in / between – 2.6% of all deadly accidents
Construction Injuries In New York State
For every 100 construction workers in New York, 3.2 were injured in 2013. But for specific jobs, that number was significantly higher.
- Siding contractors – 8.1 injuries for every 100 employees
- Foundation, structure and building exterior contractors – 5.2 injuries for every 100 workers
- Drywall and insulation contractors – 4.9 injuries for every 100 employees
- Electrical contractors – 4.3 injuries for every 100 workers
Nonresidential construction is far more dangerous than residential. In 2013, 2.3 workers (out of every 100) employed on nonresidential sites were injured. Only 0.5 workers for each 100 were hurt on residential projects.
In real terms, 2013 saw 9,100 construction workers in New York suffer reportable nonfatal occupational injuries. This represented a significant decrease from 2011, a year in which 11,800 construction workers sustained on-the-job injuries. But surprisingly, only 46% of 2011’s accidents led to time away from work, while 64% did in 2013.
These statistics are based on data reported by the US Department of Labor.
Construction Accidents In New York City
The BLS reports that 17 construction workers employed in New York City were fatally injured in 2013. 11 were the victims of slips, trips and falls; another 3 were struck by objects or equipment.
Those 17 deaths accounted for 30% of NYC’s fatal occupational injuries, making construction the third deadliest industry in the City, behind only transportation and utilities work and resource mining.
In addition, 55% of all fatal construction accidents that occurred in New York State took place in the City.