New Data Shows Fatalities Among Construction Laborers Increased in 2019Author/Presenter: Schneider, Scott
According to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1061 construction workers were killed on the job in 2019, and 293 (28 percent) of them were construction laborers. The number of construction laborers killed on the job has been steadily increasing over the past decade. In 2019, the rate of fatalities among construction laborers was 15 deaths per 100,000, a significant increase from 2018 levels. The majority of construction laborers died from falls (33 percent), followed by transportation incidents (25 percent), contact with objects or equipment (19 percent), exposure to harmful substances or environments (17 percent), and violence in the workplace (5%).