An analysis of fatalities in the construction industry shows a significant difference for firms with less than 20 employees. Two-thirds of fatalities in 2016 occurred in this group, according to CPWR, which accounts for 90 percent of the construction firms in the country.
The trend, according to the analysis, has been moving up from 2008. In that year, smaller firms experienced 15.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers, and in 2016 the rate was 24.4 per 100,000. In the largest companies, with more than 100 workers, the rate fell from 10.4 per 100,000 to 6.3.
The report said small businesses “may face barriers to implementing health and safety programs, such as limited resources and increasing pressures from business competition.”
Download the full report here.