First, the good news: since 2006, fatal injuries in construction are down by 37 percent. That’s a fantastic achievement, and one that the construction industry should be proud of.
Unfortunately, that still means that hundreds of people die every year from construction accidents, and in 2012 the number of deaths actually rose by 5 percent over 2011 to 775 deaths. These numbers are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which releases occupational fatality numbers every year.
Obviously, it’s never good when the number of people dying from year to year increases, but the bad news doesn’t stop there for construction. The industry is responsible for almost 30 percent of all workplace deaths, and data from Labor Force Survey indicates that workers in the construction industry are guilty of widespread underreporting when it comes to accidents that aren’t serious or life-threatening.
How bad is this underreporting? There are about 6.7 million people working in the construction industry. The given statistics say that 880 injuries occur for every 100,000 workers. That would mean just under 60,000 people are injured in construction every year. However, the LFS believes that the numbers are closer to 1,427 for every 100,000 workers, which would put the real number of injuries at more than 95,000 every year.