Compiled Data Shows Injury and Fatal Injury Rates for Construction Workers

Compiled Data Shows Injury and Fatal Injury Rates for Construction Workers

Data reveals that almost 1,034 construction workers lost their lives in 2020 to fatal injuries at work.

A new report shows the injury and fatal injury rate for construction workers.

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) published the data in May 2022. This data was compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and outlines nonfatal injury data from the private sector and fatal injury data from all sectors.

According to the data, in 2020, 1,034 construction workers lost their lives to work incidents. Of these fatalities, 58 percent of workers were specialty trade contractors.

The top event that led to fatal injuries was falls, slips and trips. These incidents resulted in 376 injuries. Of the 376, 358 were from falls to a lower level. The second event with the highest fatal injury rate was transportation incidents at 273.

Nonfatal injuries resulting in days away from work reached a 2nd-year low in 2020 since 2011. In 2020, about 74,500 workers were injured at work, tying with 2014. The other year where this was lower was in 2011 when 73,6000 workers were injured.

Similar to fatal injuries, specialty trade contractors had the highest rate of nonfatal injury, over 67 percent.

The event that resulted in the most nonfatal injuries from 2018-2020 was contact with objects and equipment. About 25,000 workers were injured from this, and 15,200 were injured from struck-by incidents.

To view the data, read the report.

About the Author

Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - July August 2022

    July / August 2022


      Specific PPE is Needed for Entry and Exit
      Three Quick Steps to Better HazCom Training
      Building a Chemical Emergency Toolkit
      The Last Line of Defense
    View This Issue