The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. OSHA’s purpose is to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance”. Out of 3,945 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2012, 775 or 19.6% were in construction.
BREAKDOWN OF 775 TOTAL DEATHS in CY 2012:
Falls – 278 (36%)
Struck by Object – 78 (10%)
Electrocutions – 66 (9%)
Caught-in/between – 13 (2%)
Since 1970, workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.