Construction Jobsite Safety

NSPE Policy on Workers Compensation Insurance


"Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.

Potential hazards for workers in construction include:

OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety

OSHA Working Safely in Trenches

Five Shocking Facts About Construction Jobsite Safety:

As of March 2017 the  Bureau of Labor Statistics  reported 6,882,000 people were employed in the construction industry. This is right at 4% of total employment in the United States. 

Yet, they also report that the number of  fatal work injuries in 2015 , the latest available data, was 937 in the construction industry, which amounted to just over 21% of all worker deaths.

13 Shocking Construction Injury Statistics

For example, did you know that:

1. One in ten construction workers are injured every year . (Source: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration .)

2 . Over the course of a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 1 in 200 chance of dying. (Source: Safety + Health .)

... and

11. Between 2002 and 2012, 19.5% of all workplace deaths were from the construction industry . (Source: EHS Today ).


OSHA points out, " Construction is a high hazard industry ..." and this is true. Working 100's of feet above the gound on the high steel, working on and around large equipment, climbing ladders, and other construction activities indeed involve elevated risk of injury. However, how can working in an excavation (trench, drilled pier) involve the elevated risk of death due to collapse when all involved know how to prevent the collapse in the first place, AND all regulation of this aspect of construction PROHIBIT any worker from entering an unprotected excavation? Nevertheless, trench collapse injury and death persist throughout the US constuction industry.

This is a national disgrace, and Kentucky is not immune from its reach.

Construction Jobsite Death Close To Home!

Trench Collapse Death in Lexington

May 4, 2016 10:43 AM


Construction worker is killed in trench collapse on Todds Road

The victim, Samuel Tyler Williams, was a married father of three

Trench along Todds Road was 16 feet deep; worker was covered by dirt, gravel

Trench is between a retaining wall and the pavement


There has been a trench collapse in Richmond, KY today, and the Coroner has been called to the site. Recovery activities are underway, and may take several hours. I will update this report as information becomes available.

The Richmond Register has reported that one worked is dead.

Construction Jobsite Safety Is An Issue Of Great Concern For Our Profession!!!!


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