Construction Accident Statistics

4,547 fatalities in American workplaces occurred in 2010.  This accounted for about the same number of fatalities in 2009 (4,551).

Key 2010 statistics for workplace fatalities:

-    Self-employed workers accounted for 999 fatalities.
-    Miners accounted for 172 fatalities in 2010, an increase of 74% from 2009.
-    Construction related fatalities declined by 10 percent from 2009 to 2010.  This is also a nearly 40% total decline from 2006.
-    Work-related deaths from fires more than doubled from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010.
-    Fatal injuries among police officers increased by 40%, from 96 in 2009 to 134 in 2010.

2010 work fatalities accident type:
-Fires and explosions – 113 fatalities in 2009,  187 fatalities in 2010, an increase of approximately 65%.
-Workplace homicides for 2010 (506 cases) represents a decline of more than 50 percent from the high of 1,080 homicides reported in 1994.

Fatal falls declined 2 percent in 2010 (from 645 in 2009 to 635 in 2010).  Fatal injuries resulting from being struck by objects or equipment were also lower, down 4 percent in 2010 to 402. Fatal work injuries involving exposure to harmful substances or environments were up slightly, but electrocutions declined.