Construction-related deaths increased 9.5 percent in 2014, totaling 874, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The leading cause of death in 2014 in construction, which killed 349 workers, was falling. Second to falls were transportation deaths at 231. These incidents typically involve vehicles in a highway work zone.
Exposure to harmful substances or environments killed 120 construction workers, followed by contact with objects and equipment at 114.