Construction Chart Book Highlights Safety and Health

CPRW – The Center for Construction Research and Training has released the sixth edition of its Construction Chart Book, a collection of data on the economics, safety, and health of the construction industry in the United States. CPWR publishes this free resource every five years.

Among the health and safety information in the latest edition are reports on risks for the following:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders;
  • Exposures to silica, nanomaterials, and lead; and
  • Injuries in fatalities across the construction sector in the U.S. and internationally.

The Construction Chart Book presents data on exposures across several subsectors within the U.S. construction industry. The highway, street, and bridge subsector has both the highest percentage of workers exposed to silica and the highest number of workers with blood lead levels greater than or equal to 10 µg/dL. The NIOSH reference level for lead in blood is 5 µg/dL.

According to the CPRW, this new edition not only offers on-demand access to the charts and data, but also includes interactive features that enhance the user’s experience. Users can click on terms to access definitions instantly, and easily enlarge charts and tables within each page. References, citations, and databases are also hyperlinked to enable users to further explore these sources.

A comparison of fatality rates in construction in several countries for the year 2013 shows that the U.S. has the third-highest rate of 9.7 per 100,000 workers, behind Switzerland (24.6) and Belgium (10.5).