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Data from a study in the US reveals falls are still responsible for majority of deaths in construction.

Data from a study in the US reveals falls are still responsible for majority of deaths in construction.

11 January 2015 Email this article

Five construction workers a week killed by falls, says USA’s CFOI

 

New data from the USA’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) says that approximately five construction workers a week are killed by falls from heights, and that nearly half of them (48.8%) are from heights of 20ft or less.

The statistics showed of the fatal falls in construction, 39% were from roofs, 33% were from scaffolds and 27% were from ladders of 10ft or less and 12% were from ladders of 25 ft. and over.

The data show that the largest percentage of the fatalities are from head injuries (over 37%), most often, probably, from falling backwards off a ladder, roof or scaffold and that in 2011, mor ethan 200 American construction workers died from falls.

Accompanying website www.stopconstructionfalls.com also features an interactive map showing the hot spots for construction fatalities in 2014.