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Infographic: Construction industry fatalities

April 10, 2014

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Working in construction can be one of the most deadly jobs a person can have, as a recent infographic shows.

The infographic (below) was created by Viewpoint Construction Software in recognition of Construction Safety Day, which takes place on April 23.

Using information from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the infographic shows the number of deaths that occur in the industry on an annual basis and how these fatal injuries contribute to the nation’s overall workplace death figure.

It’s no secret that construction workers face a greater risk of injury and death than the average worker. Plenty of efforts exist that aim to improve construction worker safety, including educational outreaches, and they need to continue.

Simply eliminating construction worker deaths from falls alone would save nearly 300 lives each year, according to the infographic. In June, OSHA will be hosting a National Fall Prevention Stand-Down.

As the infographic illustrates, the construction industry saw a few years in a row of declining fatalities before plateauing earlier this decade. Here’s hoping that efforts to better educate workers and employers about mitigating construction industry hazards increase, resulting in a decrease in worker deaths.

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