Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

May 22, 2013


Construction workers account for most contractor deaths nationwide, BLS study shows

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A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that during 2011, there were 542 deaths of contract workers, accounting for 11.5 percent of the 4,693 on-the-job deaths reported in the agency's Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Industries in which contract workers were fatally injured included construction with 307 deaths (56.6 percent) and professional and business services with 117 deaths (21.6 percent).

The BLS report defined a contractor as "a worker employed by a company or self-employed but working at the request of another company or agency that exercises overall responsibility for the operations at the site where the worker was fatally injured."

Among the other findings on contractors:

The report – Fatal occupational injuries incurred by contractors, 2011 – is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities webpage.


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