In 2014, construction laborers were among the top 10 selected occupations for injury and illness incidence rates, at 309.7 (ranking 8th among other selected worker occupations), according to the annual report of Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning. Laborers were also among six occupations where the incidence rate of injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time workers was greater than 300, and the number of cases with days away from work was greater than 10,000. 

The most commonly occurring injuries for construction laborers in 2014 were sprains, strains, tears (83.3 incidence rate), and fractures (32.2 incidence rate). Construction laborers'  total days away from work amounted to 22,190 for 2014, with the highest share of cases requiring 31 days or more away from work. The median number of days away from work for construction laborers across all ownerships was 9 days, on par with the median across all occupations. 

The release also breaks down characteristics of occupational injury and illness cases among all workers in the private construction industry by age, length of service, race, gender, hours on the job before the even occurred, day and time.  The majority of cases in the construction industry occurred among men--72,270 cases of the 74,460 total. Incidents occurred most among employees with 1-5 years of service with their employer (25,480 cases), and the most common race of workers in cases recorded was "white only" (39,550). 

Due to the labor intensive nature of some occupations in the construction industry, we assumed the majority of cases would occur 6 hours to less than 8 hours on the job, but the majority of recorded cases actually occurred 2 hours to less than four hours on the job--16,640 cases (note: 19,760 cases did not record the amount of time on the job at the time of injury). 

By day of the week, the majority of cases across all private industry workers occurred on Monday (168,230 cases), followed by Wednesday and Tuesday. 

For more key findings from the annual report, check out the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics >>