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This page includes data and information on fatal occupational injuries at road construction sites. For all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes in work zones, visit our Traffic Crashes in Work Zones page.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Work Zones
- 2003-2015 Fatal Occupational Injuries at Road Construction Sites*
Reference year 2011 is the first year in which the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program used the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS), version 2.01, when classifying Event or Exposure, Primary Source, Secondary Source, Nature, and Part of Body. Due to substantial differences between OIICS 2.01 and the original OIICS structure, which was used from 1992 to 2010, data for these case characteristics from 2011 forward should not be compared to prior years. More on OIICS 2.01 can be found at http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshoiics.htm.
The IIF program uses the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system to define occupation. For 2003 to 2010, the IIF program used the 2000 SOC to classify occupation. Since 2011, occupation data are classified using the 2010 SOC system. More on SOC can be found at http://www.bls.gov/soc/.
The IIF program uses the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to define industry. From 2003 to 2008 the IIF program used the 2002 NAICS. For 2009 to 2013 data, the IIF program used the 2007 NAICS to classify industry data. Since 2014, the IIF program has used the 2012 NAICS. More on NAICS can be found at http://www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.
- Fatal Occupational Injuries Involving Contractors, 2011 by Stephen Pegula, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Includes 2011 contractor fatalities.
- An Analysis of Fatal Occupational Injuries at Road Construction Sites, 2003–2010 by Stephen Pegula, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Includes 2003-2010 worker fatalities.
- Fatal Occupational Injuries at Road Construction Sites, 2003–07 by Stephen Pegula, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Includes 1995-2007 worker fatalities.
- Fatal Occupational Injuries at Road Construction Sites by Stephen Pegula, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Includes 1995-2002 worker fatalities.
- Deaths Involving Vehicles and Heavy Equipment in Construction, The Construction Chart Book, Section 39
Includes 2003-2005 worker fatalities.
- Fatal Injuries to Civilian Workers in the United States, 1980-1995 by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Causes of Worker Fatalities
- Federal OSHA Fatality Investigations for the Three Industries with the Highest Number of Fatalities FY2011-FY2012 by Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Causes of Roadway Fatalities developed by the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance
An infographic showing the causes of roadway work zone related worker fatalities
Links to Additional Resources
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
- California Department of Health Services: Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program
- Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America: Road Construction Hazards Fact Sheet
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Highway Work Zones Fatality Investigation Reports
Last verified: 1/24/2017