Construction Falls, Why They Matter to You

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CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training

Summary Statement

This infographic is based on data from CPWR's Construction Chartbook and from www.StopConstructionFalls.com. The data are presented in easy to understand graphics to highlight that falls are the number one killer of construction workers.
September 2014

Every year, more construction workers die on the job than any other U.S. industry workforce.

  • Construction - 802
  • Transportation - 689
  • Agriculture - 624
  • Wholesale & Retail - 503
  • Manufacturing - 333
  • Mining - 172

Fatality statistics

Falls are the No. 1 Killer of Construction Workers.

Total Deaths (2010) - 802

  • Falls - 33%
  • Transportation - 26%
  • Contact With Objects - 18%
  • Exposure - 16%
  • Other - 7%

Fatality statistics

Death From Falls (By Location)

Total = 891 deaths (2008-2010)

Falls from:

  • Girder, Structural Steel - 7%
  • Non-moving vehicle - 7%
  • Fall to lower level - 6%
  • Floor, Dock, Ground Level - 5%
  • Roof - 31%
  • Ladder - 24%
  • Scaffolding - 15%
Fatality statistics

Percentage of Deaths by Height

  • 30' or more - 22%
  • 26'-30' - 10%
  • 21'-25' - 8%
  • 16'-20' - 18%
  • 11'-15' - 18%
  • 6'-10' - 10%
  • Less than 6' - 5%
  • Unspecified - 8%

Fatality statistics

Construction Workers Killed on the Job from Falls, 2013

Fatality statistics

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©2014 CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training. All rights reserved. Production of this information was supported by Grant OH009762 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIOSH.