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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.
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.
|Case characteristic||Number of cases|
Nature of injury or illness
Sprains, strains, tears
Part of body affected
Multiple body parts
Event or exposure leading to injury or illness
Struck by object or equipment
Fall to lower level
Fall on same level
Overexertion in lifting or lowering
Caught in or compressed by object or equipment
 Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
Fatal work injuries totaled 1,102 for the construction industry during 2019, compared to 1,038 during 2018.
|Event or exposure||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019|
Total fatal injuries (number)
Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
Fires and explosions
Falls, slips, trips
Exposure to harmful substances or environments
Contact with objects and equipment
 CFOI data by event are only provided if there are fatal case counts in three or more of the six event categories.
 Data shown correspond to Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Note: Dashes indicate data do not meet BLS publication guidelines.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
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