CONSTRUCTION SAFETY AND HEALTH
Construction workers and employers build our roads, houses, and workplaces and repair and maintain our nation's physical infrastructure. Construction includes building new structures, renovations involving additions, alterations, or maintenance, and repair of buildings or engineering projects such as highways or utility systems. The NIOSH Construction Program provides national and world leadership to prevent work-related illness, injury, disability, and death by systematically gathering information, conducting targeted scientific research, and translating the knowledge gained into products, solutions and services tailored to meet construction needs. In collaboration with industry and labor partners and stakeholders, including OSHA, we are dedicated to improving safety and health conditions for all construction workers.
In 2010, there were 774 fatal on-the-job injuries to workers in the construction industry – more than in any other industry sector and representative of 17% of all work-related deaths in the U.S. that year.1 Construction is a large, dynamic, and complex industry sector, putting nearly $800 billion of construction in place in 2011.2 Construction worksites are organizationally complex multi-employer sites and present numerous health and safety challenges.
Construction Safety and Health Videos
- Safety Pays. Falls Costs.
Hear how the owner of this residential framing company designs safety into each of his job sites.
- La seguridad paga, las caídas cuestan.
Hear from a roofer in the residential construction industry on the importance of using fall protection.
- La Salud no Tiene Precio. Construcción: Protéjase en el Trabajo.
Hear from a roofer in the residential construction industry on risks he faces daily on the job.
- Abrasive Blasting
- Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES)
- Asphalt Fumes
- Bird & Bat Waste Removal (Histoplasmosis)
- Carbon Monoxide
- Cold Stress
- Confined Spaces
- Construction Safety and Health
- Construction—Indoor Environmental Quality
- Electrical Safety
- Engineering Controls
- Engineering Controls for Silica in Construction
- Eye Safety
- Falls from Elevations
- Green Jobs
- Heat Stress
- Hexavalent Chromium
- Highway Work Zones
- Machine Safety
- Mold—Indoor Environmental Quality
- Motor Vehicle Safety
- Nail Guns
- Health Hazard Evaluation Program
- Electronic Library of Construction Safety and Health (eLCOSH)
- Construction Chart Book
- NIOSH construction related publications
For Our Partners
- Construction Sector Council
- Construction Sector Research Agenda
- NORA-Funded Projects (Interactive Website)
- Safety Pays. Falls Cost. Campaign to Prevent Construction Falls
1. Fatal Occupational Injuries and Workers’ Memorial Day http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/worker_memorial.htm
2. U.S. Census Bureau, 2011, Annual Value of Construction Spending put in place http://www.census.gov/const/C30/total.pdf
- Page last reviewed: July 29, 2013
- Page last updated: February 5, 2016
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Office of the Director