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Industry Data & Trends: New CPWR Data Reports and Interactive Dashboards

2021 Issue 2
Safety & Health

The Data Center at CPWR – The Center for Construction Research & Training works to share timely, relevant, and data-driven information with the construction industry. This data helps improve safety and health efforts by identifying priority hazards to address, tracking workplace injuries and illnesses over time, isolating risk factors, and recognizing high-risk populations. Approximately six times a year, the Center publishes a Data Bulletin focused on different hazards, types of injuries, workforce segments, or time periods.  

Recent Data Bulletins ( include:

Fatal and Nonfatal Struck-by Injuries in the Construction Industry, 2011-2019

Struck by fatalitiesKey findings include:

  • In 2019, struck-by injuries caused 170 deaths in construction, of which 47% involved transport vehicles.
  • Between 2011 and 2019, the rate of fatal struck-by injuries in construction from objects/ equipment and transport vehicles declined by 15% and 23%, respectively.
  • During that same time period, the rate of nonfatal struck-by and struck against injuries in construction declined by 20% and 47%, respectively.


Fatal Injury Trends in the Construction Industry

focus four chartKey findings include:

  • The number of fatal injuries in construction reached 1,102 in 2019, the highest level since before 2011.
  • Falls to a lower level caused 401 fatal injuries in 2019, a 25% growth from 2018.
  • Nearly two-thirds of fatal construction injuries in 2019 were caused by the Construction Focus Four hazards.
  • Hispanic employment in construction rose 55% from 2011 to 2019. But during that same time period, Hispanic construction fatalities have surged nearly 90%



Nonfatal Injury Trends in the Construction Industry 

days away from workKey findings include:

  • The injury rate in construction has declined steadily since 2003 but was still 29% higher than all industries combined in 2019.
  • In 2019, 79,660 lost workday injuries were reported in construction, of which nearly one-third were due to contact with objects or equipment.
  • In 2019, the injury rate among construction companies with 11-49 employees was five times the rate for companies with 1,000+ employees.
  • The injury rate in construction was highest among workers under age 25.

The Data Center also released a new, interactive version of CPWR’s fatality mapping project – an effort to categorize and track fatal injuries in construction geographically and over time. Learn more at