The Construction Industry is Getting Safer

July 14, 2022
Phil Cohen


Construction jobs are among the most dangerous professions in the U.S. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), that situation is improving.

While many jobs in the construction realm have high rates of injuries and fatalities, such as roofers and ironworkers, the BLS reported a decrease in on-the-job mortalities from 802 in 2010 to 781 in 2011. Looking further back, in 2008 the number of fatalities was 1,016. Not only are fatality numbers improving but the recorded number of injuries are also on the decline; 4.7 injuries per 100 workers in 2008 to 3.8 per 100 in 2011.

A few factors are to thank for the improving safety record. Firstly, the federal government passed revised regulations that directed state agencies to brainstorm and execute safety plans for federally-funded road construction zones. Employers are also making more of an effort to have better safety training and procedures, as per the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act.

In order to keep workers safe on the job, employers and construction workers should go through proper safety training, use protective equipment, and practice jobsite organization. Utilizing these measures will help prevent injuries and fatalities on the job as employees are more knowledgeable about avoiding accidents and using suitable equipment.

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About the Author

Phil is the owner of PRN Funding and sister company Factor Finders. He has been an authority in the factoring industry for over 20 years, serving on the board of directors for several factoring associations.

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