With a fatality rate of 17.4, construction laborers are our nation's 10 th most dangerous occupation. They are subject to electrical hazards, cave-ins, and falling objections, and perform heavy labor in all kinds of weather.
The biggest risk is falls. More than 250 construction workers a year are killed by them, according to the Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America.
In road construction, a major cause of death is getting struck by cars or construction vehicles. In loading dump trucks for example, drivers cannot see where they're backing up.