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Fatal falls in the U.S. residential construction industry.

Authors
Dong-XS; Wang-X; Largay-JA; Platner-JW; Strafford-E; Cain-CT; Choi-SD
Source
Am J Ind Med 2014 Sep; 57(9):992-1000
NIOSHTIC No.
20044912
Abstract
Background: Falls from heights remain the most common cause of workplace fatalities among residential construction workers in the United States. Methods: This paper examines patterns and trends of fall fatalities in U.S. residential construction between 2003 and 2010 by analyzing two large national datasets. Results: Almost half of the fatalities in residential construction were from falls. In the residential roofing industry, 80% of fatalities were from falls. In addition, about one-third of fatal falls in residential construction were among self-employed workers. Workers who were older than 55 years, were Hispanic foreign-born, or employed in small establishments (1-10 employees) also had higher proportions of fatal falls in residential construction compared to those in nonresidential construction. Conclusions: The findings suggest that fall safety within the residential construction industry lags behind commercial construction and industrial settings. Fall prevention in residential construction should be enhanced to better protect construction workers in this sector.
Keywords
Humans; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Workers; Work-environment; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-rates; Exposure-limits; Racial-factors; Risk-factors; Hazards; Fall-protection; Small-businesses; Information-retrieval-systems; Statistical-analysis; Age-factors; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Author Keywords: self-employed; small establishment; Hispanic; foreign-born; fall prevention
Contact
Xiuwen Sue Dong, CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training, 8484 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20140901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
sdong@cpwr.com
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-009762; M082014
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
WI; MD
Performing Organization
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
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