No industry loses more lives to fall injuries than construction. As we gear up for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Construction Falls on May 8-12, Center for Construction Research and Training's new Quarterly Data Report examines this persistent occupational hazard.
- Between 2011 and 2015, the annual number of fall fatalities in construction increased by 36%, exceeding employment growth in the industry.
- More than half (55%) of fall fatalities in construction occurred from a height of 20 feet or less.
- Hispanic workers, foreign-born workers, and workers aged 55 or older had an elevated risk of fatal falls.