Safety  
Falls and Specialty Trades Lead  
in Construction Fatalities  
new study about deaths in the construction industry reinforces  
many previous conclusions regarding the sector’s safety practices.  
The report, Preventing Fatalities in the Construction Industry, was  
compiled by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and  
the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech University. It  
covers every construction fatality that took place over a three-year period  
A
(
2010-2012).  
Falls remain the top cause of death in construction,accounting for one-  
Time of  
third of fatalities. And while the heavy and civil sector had the highest  
annual fatality rate, the specialty trades group had significantly more fa-  
talities than any other sector, responsible for 56 percent of deaths.  
Here’s a closer look:  
Fatalities  
Most fatalities  
occur between  
1
3
0 a.m. and  
p.m., with a  
peak at noon.  
%
6
Falls  
5
are the top cause  
of death in construction,  
accounting for  
Specialty Trades  
3
3% of  
The specialty trades group, which includes  
contract glaziers, accounts for 56% of  
deaths—more than any other sector.  
fatalities.  
%
3
3
>
10 <10  
Jobsite with Highest  
and Lowest Fatalities  
Age  
% %  
53 47  
Workers 35 to 54  
years old make up  
5
0% of fatalities.  
Industrial Projects  
Heavy Projects  
Residential  
35%  
Number of Employees  
29%  
25%  
Establishments with fewer than ten  
%
5
0
employees account for 47% of fatalities  
and the highest annual fatality rate.  
Commercial 5%  
Activities  
such as installing, building,  
assembling and repairing,  
make up 49% of fatalities.  
%
49  
Source:  
Preventing Fatalities in the Construction Industry, by the Associated General Contractors  
of America and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech University.  
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