Not to be morbid or anything, but recently-revised data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is worth noting. More than 13 Americans die from work related injuries each day. Of the ten deadliest jobs in America, five of them are from the construction industry. One trade in particular – roofers – rank fifth with 47.4 deaths per 100000 workers. Not surprisingly, incidents that were most likely to occur involved falling, slipping, and tripping.
The number of workplace fatalities has fallen from previous decades, however. In 2014 the total work fatalities was 4,821. Ten years ago that number was 5,764 and two decades ago it was as high as 6,632. The likelihood of dying from a work-related injury was low in 2014: 3.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time workers.