Counter the Rising Number of Occupational Fatalities in Construction

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The pandemic is contributing to these underlying conditions threatening the safety and wellbeing of the construction workforce.

April 19, 2021
Joshua Jacobsen - Construction Executive

Prior to the pandemic, the construction industry was experiencing mental and behavioral health stressors and increasing fatalities. The pandemic is contributing to these underlying conditions threatening the safety and wellbeing of the construction workforce:

  • Workers in construction occupations experienced 1,066 fatalities, a 6.3% increase and the highest total since 2007. Across all industries slips, trips and falls resulted in 880 deaths, a 11.3% increase from the previous year;
  • Increasing mental health challenges as evidenced by growing percentage of Americans starting therapy; and
  • Rising risk of relapse to substance use disorders and especially opioid overdoses. Deaths from unintentional overdoses of non-medical drug or alcohol use while at work climbed slightly to 313, marking the seventh straight annual increase in this category.

Reprinted courtesy of Joshua Jacobsen, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Mr. Jacobsen may be contacted at jjacobsen@holmesmurphy.com



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