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
Falls remain the top cause of death in construction,accounting for one-
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:
0 a.m. and
p.m., with a
peak at noon.
are the top cause
of death in construction,
The specialty trades group, which includes
contract glaziers, accounts for 56% of
deaths—more than any other sector.
Jobsite with Highest
and Lowest Fatalities
Workers 35 to 54
years old make up
0% of fatalities.
Number of Employees
Establishments with fewer than ten
employees account for 47% of fatalities
and the highest annual fatality rate.
such as installing, building,
assembling and repairing,
make up 49% of fatalities.
Preventing Fatalities in the Construction Industry, by the Associated General Contractors
of America and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech University.
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | June 2017