More construction workers died from job-related injuries in 2013 than employees of any other industry, the AFL-CIO said Wednesday. The report analyzed previously released, but updated, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The number of construction employees who died on the job rose for the second year in a row, to 828 in 2013 from 806 the year before, the 24th annual report, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” said. That’s 9.7 deaths per 100,000 workers.
The construction industry also claimed the greatest number of work-related deaths among Latinos—241 in 2013—and immigrant worker deaths—217, the study said.
Not surprisingly, the report indicated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had “significant difficulties” enforcing regulations on construction sites. Inspectors who tried to follow up on the “persistent and egregious violators” of federal safety and health rules through OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program were successful only a quarter of the time because of “the small size and mobility” of many construction companies and the large number of firms that had gone out of business.