Industry Snapshot | Construction, 2016-2020 | January 2022
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 2020, there was an average of 7,203,279 people employed in the private sector of this industry in 847,018 establishments.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In the private construction industry during 2020, there were 174,100 total recordable cases (TRC) of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Of those, 74,500 had days away from work (DAFW), 31,900 had days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR), and 67,600 had other recordable cases (ORC). The total recordable case incidence rate per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 2.5.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 1,034 for the construction industry during 2020, compared to 1,102 during 2019.
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: January 5, 2022