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Costs of occupational injuries in construction in the United States.

Authors
Waehrer-GM; Dong-XS; Miller-T; Haile-E; Men-Y
Source
Accid Anal Prev 2007 Nov; 39(6):1258-1266
NIOSHTIC No.
20033250
Abstract
This paper presents costs of fatal and nonfatal injuries for the construction industry using 2002 national incidence data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a comprehensive cost model that includes direct medical costs, indirect losses in wage and household productivity, as well as an estimate of the quality of life costs due to injury. Costs are presented at the three-digit industry level, by worker characteristics, and by detailed source and event of injury. The total costs of fatal and nonfatal injuries in the construction industry were estimated at $11.5 billion in 2002, 15% of the costs for all private industry. The average cost per case of fatal or nonfatal injury is $27,000 in construction, almost double the per-case cost of $15,000 for all industry in 2002. Five industries accounted for over half the industry's total fatal and nonfatal injury costs. They were miscellaneous special trade contractors (SIC 179), followed by plumbing, heating and air-conditioning (SIC 171), electrical work (SIC 173), heavy construction except highway (SIC 162), and residential building construction (SIC 152), each with over $1 billion in costs.
Keywords
Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Statistical-analysis; Construction; Construction-industry; Mathematical-models; Work-environment; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Worker-health; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Qualitative-analysis; Medical-care; Medical-monitoring; Medical-treatment
Contact
Geetha M. Waehrer, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Calverton MD, 11720 Beltsville Drive, Suite 900, Calverton, MD 20705
CODEN
AAPVB5
Publication Date
20071101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
waehrer@pire.org
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U54-OH-008307
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0001-4575
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Accident Analysis and Prevention
State
MD
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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