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BLS Data Suggests Electrical Construction Is Getting Safer

Dec 05, 2018

By and large, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released last month, electrical construction is a safe industry, especially when compared to the construction industry as a whole. In addition, safety is continuing to improve year over year.

Overall, according to the BLS, private industry employers reported approximately 2.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses in 2017, 882,000 of which resulted in days away from work. These incidents occurred at a rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. The rate of incidents that required days away from work was 0.9 cases per FTE workers.

These numbers compare to 2.9 million workplace injuries and illnesses for private industry employers in 2015, 902,000 of which resulted in days away from work. These incidents occurred at a rate of 3.0 cases per 100 FTE workers. The rate of incidents that required days away from work was 0.9 cases per FTE workers.

The total number of workplace injuries and illnesses for the construction industry in specific was 198,000, 80,000 of which involved days away from work. These incidents occurred at a rate of 3.1 cases per FTE workers. The rate of incidents that required days away from work was 1.2 cases per FTE.

These numbers compare to 205,000 workplace injuries and illnesses for the construction industry in 2015, 80,000 of which involved days away from work. These incidents occurred at a rate of 3.5 cases per FTE workers. The rate of incidents that required days away from work was 1.3 cases per FTE.

The total number of workplace injuries and illnesses for "Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors," a subset of the construction industry, was 17,200, 6,500 of which involved days away from work. These incidents occurred at a rate of 2.2 cases per FTE workers. The rate of incidents that required days away from work was 0.8 cases per FTE.

These numbers compare to 22,000 workplace injuries and illnesses for this subset in 2015, 7,900 of which involved days away from work. These incidents occurred at a rate of 2.8 cases per FTE workers. The rate of incidents that required days away from work was 1.0 cases per FTE.


By William Atkinson Published In ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR December 2018