NORA Construction Sector Council

NORA Construction Sector Council banner of a work site with two construction workers

The NORA Construction Sector Council brings together individuals and organizations to share information, form partnerships, and promote adoption and dissemination of solutions that work. It was formed in 2006 for the second decade of NORA. Now in the third decade of NORA (2016-2026) the council seeks to facilitate the most important research, understand the most effective intervention strategies, and learn how to implement those strategies to achieve sustained improvements in workplace practice. For our most recent Sector Council presentations and materials, click here. Contact the sector coordinator or NORA Coordinator with any questions, comments, or to volunteer.

  • For our NIOSH Directory of Construction Resources click here.
Meetings and News

For those interested in getting involved with the NORA Construction Sector Council there are two workgroups looking at 1) Preventing Falls, and 2) Preventing Struck-by Injuries/Fatalities. If interested in joining one or more of these workgroups please email the Sector Coordinator or NORA Coordinator.

Sector Description

As of 2019, the construction sector has 11.4 million workers, a nearly 26% increase since 2011 with 30% of construction workers of Hispanic origin.1 Small businesses with fewer than 20 employees made up 92.5% of all construction establishments, and 41.4% of all construction employees work in small businesses.2 The construction industry includes all jobs under NAICS code 23. It includes not only residential and commercial building construction, but also heavy and civil engineering construction, like water and sewer lines, highways, and bridges. Specialty trades like roofing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, and painting are also included in the construction sector. Construction jobs are some of the most dangerous, with the highest fatality rate of all industries. Falls are a the leading cause of death in the construction sector, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015.3

The construction industry can be difficult to study because of its complexity and the diversity of job tasks and employers, the prevalence of small businesses, and variations in workforce skills, weather conditions, and work environments. Many construction projects are characterized by temporary and transitory work. A typical construction workplace changes daily, and the type of work varies greatly, from new construction, repairs or renovations, and demolition to cleanup and reconstruction. One of the challenges inherent to construction is that the restructuring of work practices cannot be accomplished in individual workplaces or with individual workers. Turnover of workers is relatively high. Construction workers are employed by many contractors during their lifetimes.

Information is available about the NIOSH Construction Program, which facilitates the work of the Council.


  1. CPWR Data Report: February 2021- Fatal Injury Trends in the Construction Industry
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015). Economic news release. National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2015. Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2015.