Thursday, February 14, 2008

Construction leads again in on-the-job deaths

By Lauren Barrera, as posted on

Although the overall amount of fatal work injuries in the United States decreased in 2006, the construction industry saw an increase and accounted for more fatalities than any other industry.

The construction industry had 1,226 on-the-job deaths, up 2.8 percent from 1,192 in 2005 according to a new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the fatality rate for construction actually decreased in 2006 to 10.8 per 100,000 workers from 11.1 in 2005. The decrease is due to an increasing number of workers in the industry, which rose from 10.3 million in 2004 to 11.4 million in 2006.

The BLS says that fatalities among electricians, roofers, painters and drywall and ceiling tile installers rose while the total decreased for carpenters, construction trade helpers, plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters.

The total number of on-the-job deaths in the United States was 5,703, down slightly from 5,734 in 2005. The fatality rate also decreased slightly in 2006 to 3.9 per 100,000 workers from 4.0 in 2005. The overall U.S. fatality rate in 2006 was the lowest since the fatality census began in 1992.
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