The construction industry encompasses the building, repair and renovation of houses, roads, office towers and power plants, as well as weatherization of buildings. More than one in five – 22 percent – of all fatal job-related injuries in the U.S. is in construction.

The top four causes of construction fatalities are are: falls; "struck by" equipment, machinery or other moving objects; "caught in/between" such as in unprotected  trenches; and electrocution.

Resources on Construction Hazards:


NYCOSH Resources on Asbestos


Chemical Hazards at Brownfield Sites

Confined Space

Confined Spaces - Deadly Spaces, Bulletin from WorkSafe BC

Confined Space - Where to Find Information in the OSHA Standard

Electrical Hazards

NYCOSH Resources on Electricity

Excavation Hazards

Excavation Safety AFSCME

Fall Hazards

Fall Protection Misconceptions and Myths

Fall Hazards, NYCOSH Fact Sheet

Fatal Inequality: Workplace Safety Eludes Construction Workers of Color in New York State (a report by NYCOSH and the Center for Popular Democracy)

Fatally Flawed: Why the Rockefeller Institute's Scaffold Law Report Doesn't Add Up (a report by NYCOSH and the Center for Popular Democracy)

New Yorkers Need the Scaffold Law (a factsheet by NYCOSH and the Center for Popular Democracy)


Risks Facing Women in Construction



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