962 occupational road construction site deaths, 2003–2010

January 03, 2014

Over the 2003–2010 period, there were 43,025 fatal occupational injuries in the United States. Over the same period, 962 worker fatalities were reported at road construction sites—2.2 percent of the total.

 

 Fatal occupational injuries at road construction sites and at all sites, 2003–2010
YearRoad constructionAll sitesRoad construction worker fatalities as a percentage of all fatal occupational injuries

2003–2010 total

96243,0252.2

2003

1105,5752.0

2004

1195,7642.1

2005

1655,7342.9

2006

1395,8402.4

2007

1065,6571.9

2008

1015,2141.9

2009

1164,5512.5

2010

1064,6902.3

 

The total number of fatal occupational injuries over this period ranged from 4,551 (in 2009) to 5,840 (in 2006). The number of workers killed at road construction sites ranged from 101 (in 2008) to 165 (in 2005). Even as overall fatal workplace injuries began to decrease in 2007, fatal workplace injuries at road construction sites remained relatively constant. Road construction worker fatalities as a percentage of all fatal occupational injuries has ranged from 1.9 percent (in 2007 and 2008) to 2.9 percent (in 2005).

These data are from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), which is part of the BLS Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. See "An analysis of fatal occupational injuries at road construction sites, 2003–2010," by Stephen M. Pegula, in the Monthly Labor Review (November 2013) to learn more.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 962 occupational road construction site deaths, 2003–2010 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140103.htm (visited September 28, 2016).

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