Industry Snapshot | Construction, 2015-2019 | August 2021
The construction sector is comprised of establishments engaged in the construction of buildings, engineering projects (i.e. highways and utility systems), and the preparation of sites for new construction.
As of 2019, there was an average of 7,451,476 people employed in the private sector of this industry in 830,620 establishments.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In the private construction industry during 2019, there were 200,100 total recordable cases (TRC) of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Of those, 79,700 had days away from work (DAFW), 42,000 had days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR), and 78,400 had other recordable cases (ORC). The total recordable case incidence rate per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 2.8.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 1,102 for the construction industry during 2019, compared to 1,038 during 2018.
Employment data come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: August 11, 2021