The Alabama Road Builder - Fall 2013 - (Page 17)

feature Statistics Show Work Ahead to Improve Highway & Bridge Construction Worker Safety By Dr. Alison Premo Black, ARTBA Chief Economist T he working environment for the men and women in the highway and bridge construction industry has been steadily improving over the past decade, but work-related injury and illness rates are still among the highest in the construction industry, according to ARTBA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This The Alabama Roadbuilder • Fall 2013 article is primarily focused on sharing with you some of the key statistics and trends relating to our industry. Highway and bridge construction workers continue to put their lives on the line in work zones — with 119 workrelated fatalities that occurred in road construction sites in 2011. Most were related to construction and passenger vehicles — highlighting the importance of not only worker training, but establishing safe work zones for road and bridge projects. Overall, there were 617 work zone fatalities in 2011, including construction workers and the traveling public, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. JOBSITE INJURIES DROP The good news is workplace-related injuries and illness for highway and bridge contractors declined in 2011 and has dropped over 40 percent since 2003, according to the annual BLS “Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Industry” survey. There were 11,500 reportable cases in 2011, down from 24,200 in 2003. The rate of injury and illness per 100 full time employees for highway and bridge contractors dropped from 7.6 in 2003 to 4.4 in 2011. This is a welcome trend we have seen throughout the entire construction industry where the rate of injury and illness fell from 6.8 incidents per 100 employees in 2003 to 3.9 in 2011 for all sectors. This means fewer workers are getting injured on the job. Despite this good news and progress made, the rate of work-related injuries and illnesses in highway and bridge construction is still higher compared to many other construction sectors and the overall industry average. The rate of incidents is 3.6 for building construction and 3.5 for other heavy and civil engineering work. Some of the highest incident rates are for employees working on framing (7.3  cases per 100 employees), poured 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Alabama Road Builder - Fall 2013

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
ALABAMA ROADBUILDERS CONVENTION 2013 HIGHLIGHTS
2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP
PROPOSED I-10 BRIDGE HOPES TO CURE BOTTLENECK IN MOBILE
ALDOT
HIGHWAY & BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION WORKER SAFETY
ARTBA
LEGAL
MEMBER PROFILE
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MARKETPLACE
HEARD ALONG THE HIGHWAY
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM

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