Costs of occupational injuries in construction in the United States

Accid Anal Prev. 2007 Nov;39(6):1258-66. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2007.03.012. Epub 2007 Apr 20.


This paper presents costs of fatal and nonfatal injuries for the construction industry using 2002 national incidence data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a comprehensive cost model that includes direct medical costs, indirect losses in wage and household productivity, as well as an estimate of the quality of life costs due to injury. Costs are presented at the three-digit industry level, by worker characteristics, and by detailed source and event of injury. The total costs of fatal and nonfatal injuries in the construction industry were estimated at $11.5 billion in 2002, 15% of the costs for all private industry. The average cost per case of fatal or nonfatal injury is $27,000 in construction, almost double the per-case cost of $15,000 for all industry in 2002. Five industries accounted for over half the industry's total fatal and nonfatal injury costs. They were miscellaneous special trade contractors (SIC 179), followed by plumbing, heating and air-conditioning (SIC 171), electrical work (SIC 173), heavy construction except highway (SIC 162), and residential building construction (SIC 152), each with over $1 billion in costs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / economics*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metallurgy / economics
  • Middle Aged
  • United States
  • Wounds and Injuries / economics*