Construction Industry Workplace Injuries Decline for Second Consecutive Year

December 4, 2018
Equipment on site.

Recordable injuries and illnesses in the construction industry fell for the second straight year in 2017. According to a report by EHS Today, the industry reported 198,000 incidents, according to data from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The BLS numbers also show that the 2017 nonfatal injury rate per 100 full-time workers also declined to 3.1 percent per 100 workers (verses 3.2 percent in 2016). The number has improved at a steady pace, from 3.6 percent in 2014, to 3.5 percent in 2015, and 3.2 percent in 2016.

Within the private sector incidents dropped by  45,800 fewer cases from 2016. EHS Today reports that the data also shows steady improvement in all industry sectors over the past 14 years.

Courtney M. Malveaux, an attorney with the Jackson Lewis law firm, told EHS Today: “Employers had 2.8 total recordable cases per 100 workers, barely half the number reported in 2003.” All sectors showed a decrease, including construction and manufacturing.

The numbers also say:

  • The 2017 rate of total recordable cases fell 0.1 percent cases per 100 FTE workers.

  • Nearly one-third of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulted in days away from work.

Source: EHS Today