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The Bureau of Labor Statistics report for 2006 indicates that the fatality rate per 100,000 workers declined in 2006, for the second year in a row, while the industry’s worker population has increased.
However, deaths on jobsites rose nearly 3% in 2006 to 1,226, placing the construction industry on the top of U.S. industries in annual worker fatalities, according to the BLS reports.
U.S. workplace fatalities declined 0.5% in 2006 to 5,703. In the annual census by BLS released on August 9th, the construction fatality rate in 2006 was 10.8 per 100,000 workers, which is down from 11.1 in 2005 and 12.0 in 2004.
Construction can be a dangerous business, which is why the union trades should be commended for the extent they go to ensure everyone of their members are trained, both with the skills they need to get the jobs done, but also with the safety and health training they require to go home safely every night.
The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) is constantly working with our partners in the labor movement to ensure our jobsites and workforces are the highest skilled and safest in the industry.