Falls are among the most common causes of fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries. Despite ongoing efforts, falls caused 724 deaths and 229,190 severe injuries at worksites across the nation in 2013.
Between 2003 and 2013, 3,850 construction workers died as a result of falls—an average of about one death per day. The rate of fatal falls among roofers was over 60 times higher than for all occupations combined. Fall injuries were also more likely to occur among older workers, Hispanic workers, and workers employed in small establishments.