As the holidays roll around and the end of the year nears, outdoor construction work often slows, or even halts, in the colder areas of the United States.
But there are many companies who continue to work around the calendar year, often despite the plunging temperatures.
Fatal accidents in construction were on the rise again last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). And there is concern and chatter industry-wide about what can be done to fix the issues arising.
After years of success in reducing the number of fatalities in construction, the industry suffered a setback this year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) workplace fatality data showed that deaths in residential and commercial construction actually increased 1 percent to 874 over 2013’s total of 828.