Work-Related Fatalities

SANTA ANA, Calif., January 20, 2014—A shocking 19 percent of all work-related fatalities in the United States took place on construction worksites in 2013, reports, once again proving construction is one of the most dangerous fields to work in.

The top three work-related fatalities in 2013, the most recent year for which such data were available, resulted from:

  • Transportation
  • Violence
  • Falls

About 40 percent of work-related fatalities were transportation incidents. Of those, 60 percent—nearly 1000 people—were vehicle crashes involving workers who were “on the clock.”

More than 50 percent of the deaths resulting from falls occurred when the individual fell a distance of more than 10 but less than 30 feet. A full quarter of those who died in falls fell more than 30 feet.

On a construction worksite, where many workers may work at height and many types of vehicles are needed–from pickup trucks to forklifts–it is particularly important for workers to be trained in safe behaviors that will help prevent injury and reduce workplace deaths. Consider implementing a safe driving program, and ensure that workers who use specialized vehicles—such as forklifts—are trained. Remind workers of safe behaviors to help prevent falls, and ensure that fall prevention equipment is well maintained and workers are trained in its use. is a service of Insurance Partners, Inc., which has been providing quality protection for contractors for more than 35 years. California contractors insurance specialists work with companies on everything from California general liability and California workers compensation insurance to contractor bonds and a “pay as you sell” liability insurance program designed especially for homebuilders. If you have questions about your contractor insurance coverage, contact us.

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