Construction Industry Injury Rate Dips in 2015

December 2016

There were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015, which occurred at a rate of 3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced recently. The 2015 rate continues a pattern of declines that, apart from 2012, occurred annually for the last 13 years.
    
Non-fatal, private-sector construction injuries in 2015 were at a rate of 3.5 per 100 workers, a 0.1 percent drop from 3.6 workers in 2014, according to the BLS.
    
The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015):

  • Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501).
  • Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200).
  • Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451).
  • Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134).
  • Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147).
  • Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178).
  • Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053).
  • Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305).
  • Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212).
  • Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303).