Developing Safe Workplaces 



Construction is a high hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. Examples include residential construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations and demolitions. These activities can result in electrocutions, falling from rooftops, and being struck by heavy construction equipment.

This section describes cases that are representative of incidents in which employers failed to identify and correct hazardous working conditions leading to fatalities at their work sites. We offer ideas on how to correct these hazards and educate workers about safe work practices.

Examples of fatal work-related injuries in the United States from 2007 to 2013 are as follows:

Falls to lower levels

The final count of fatal work injuries in the U.S. In 2007 was 5,657, up from the preliminary count of 5,488. Of these, fatal injuries involving a fall to a lower level increased from the preliminary count by 13 to 746 cases.

Transportation and Warehouse

The final count of fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2008 was 5,214, up from the preliminary count of 5,071. The industry sectors reporting the largest net increases in fatal work injuries from the updates were transportation and warehousing (up 34 cases) and government (up 22 cases).

Highway Incidents

The final count of fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2009 was 4,551, up from the preliminary count of 4,340. Highway incidents were higher by 103 cases (or 12 percent) from the preliminary count, bringing the total number of fatal work-related highway incidents in 2009 to 985 cases

Excessive work hours

A preliminary total of 4,547 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2010, about the same as the final count of 4,551 fatal work injuries in 2009. Economic factors such as excessive work hours continue to play a role in the fatal work injury counts. Total hours worked were up slightly in 2010. 

Government contracts

Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 542 of the 4,693 fatal work injuries reported in 2011 (12 percent). Texas (56), Florida (51), and California (42) recorded the highest number of fatal occupational injuries among contractors. Nearly 1 in 4 of the fatal work injuries involving contractors occurred when a government entity had contracted the decedent, including 50 fatal injuries in state government, 47 in local government, and 11 in federal government.

Self-employed workers

The final count of fatal work injuries in the United States in 2012 was 4,628, up from the preliminary count of 4,383. Fatal work injuries among self-employed workers were 1,057 in 2012.

Firefighter’s fatal injuries

The preliminary 2013 count included  4,405 fatal injuries in private industry. In 2013, 734 decedents were identified as contractors, above the 715 reported in 2012. Workers who were working as contractors at the time of their fatal injury accounted for 17 percent of all cases in 2013. The number of fatal work injuries among firefighters was considerably higher in 2013, rising from 18 in 2012 to 53 in 2013.

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