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On Construction Day, a Safety Snapshot

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Engineers and trades workers continue to rack up the highest death rates in construction—two of many sobering statistics laid out Wednesday (April 23) on the seventh annual Construction Safety Day.

Viewpoint, a construction software firm formerly known as Maxwell Systems, crunched 10 years of safety data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The result is the infographic below, which offers a timely reminder of how much work remains in the area of worker safety.

The numbers also come on the eve of Workers Memorial Day, a growing global event that began in Canada in 1989. In the U.S., the AFL-CIO adopted April 28 (the anniversary of OSHA's launch) as Workers Memorial Day.

The day is considered an international day of remembrance for workers injured and killed on the job.

Safety infographic
Between 2003 and 2012, the engineering sector of the construction industry had an average of fatality rate of 17 percent annually — the second highest percentage, according to information compiled by Viewpoint based on data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s a percentage that could definitely afford to be lowered. - See more at:


Tagged categories: Accidents; Construction; Contractors; Engineers; Fall protection; Fatalities; Health and safety; OSHA; Workers

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