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1 Fall Injuries in Residential Construction Main data source: Workers Compensation Information System (WCIS) and Census of Fatality Occupational Injuries(CFOI).

2 1200 Residential Construction WCIS claims All injuries falls 1000 Number of injuries Note: These are injuries reported to WCIS with industry codes filled as NAICS=2361 or SIC=1521,1522 Residential Building Construction, and run date Oct, Fall claims are the cases reported to WCIS with (Workers Compensation Insurance Organizations )WCIO Cause of Injury Code=IV. Fall, slip or trip injury.

3 Injuries by tenure in residential construction injuries % of injuries happened for workers with less than 1 year experience. Among them 67% of injuries happened in the first 6 months work. The injuries significantly drop in the second year of working, and keep dropping until workers have 3 full years working experience. After that injuries keep steady and low Tenure under 1 year 1 year 2 year 3 year 4 year 5 year 6 year 7 year 8 year 9 year N of injuries year 11 & over Note: These are injuries reported to WCIS with industry codes filled as NAICS=2361 or SIC=1521,1522 Residential Building Construction, and run date Oct, Tenure is calculated by the Date of Hire and Date of Injury reported to WCIS (First Report of Injury )FROI.

4 struck or injured by Main causes of injuries in residential construction (Frequency) Falls are the 2 nd largest cause of injury in residential construction sector after strain. Other main causes of injuries are struck and cut, puncture, scrape. rubbed or abraded by Miscellaneous Causes 14% 13% N=576 18% Fall, slip or trip injury Burn or scald caught in, under or between Falls from elevation composed 46% of fall, slip or trip striking against or stepping on 5% N=867 28% 14% cut, puncture, scrape injured by strain or injury by Motor vehicle Note: These are injuries reported to WCIS with industry codes filled as NAICS=2361 or SIC=1521,1522 Residential Building Construction, and run date Oct 26th, 2015.

5 Main causes of injury in residential construction ( Medical Cost) Falls are also the 2 nd largest medical cost among all causes of injury in residential construction in the last 3 years rubbed or abraded by Miscellaneous Causes Fall, slip or trip injury struck or injured by 14% 10% 24% striking against or stepping on 5% strain or injury by 28% 3% 9% 4% Motor vehicle, Burn or scald caught in, under or between cut, puncture, scrape injured by Note: The amount of medical cost calculated by the average medical cost per claim multiply by the number of claims reported with NAICS=2361 or SIC=1521,1522 Residential Building Construction in WCIS, and run date Oct, 2015.

6 Falls from elevation result in serious injuries or fatality: 19% fracture, 23% contusion, 16% sprain and 16% strain. Multiple Physical Injuries Only, 5.8% Inflammation, 1.2% Laceration, 3.3% Concussion, 1.2% Dislocation, 0.8% Crushing, 0.4% Vision Loss, 0.4% Hernia, 0.4% Puncture, 0.4% Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack), 0.4% All Other Specific Injuries, NOC, 11.2% Contusion, 22.7% Sprain or Tear, 16.1% Fracture, 19.0% Strain or Tear, 16.1% Note: The medical cost is 1 year maturity, medical only (not including indemnity) cost per injury of WCIS data.

7 Medical cost of main conditions caused by fall from height Medical cost per injury Main conditions caused by fall from height Contusion $8, % Fracture $16, % Sprain $8, % Strain $8, % Fracture is one of the most expensive injuries, it has similar medical cost as the following injuries: Amputation $17,076 Concussion $17,297 Note: The medical cost is 1 year maturity by date of injury, medical only (not including indemnity) cost per injury of WCIS medical data.

8 Almost each year from , there are 3 to 4 fatalities in residential construction caused by falls. Fatality in Residential Construction 9 Fatality by falls * ** Note: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. * indicates no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatal injury counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event. ** are final data data are preliminary. Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state, New York City, District of Columbia, and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, April 22,

9 How much medical cost is paid for falls from height each year in all industries? $80,000,000 $70,000, m $60,000, m 64m 60m $50,000,000 54m 50m $40,000,000 $30,000,000 $20,000,000 $10,000,000 $0 Y2007 Y2008 Y2009 Y2010 Y2011 Y2012 Average total medical cost paid for falls from height from 2007 to 2012 is $60,785,122 a year. Estimated $1.5 million per year are paid for falls from height medical expenses in Residential Construction. Note: The amount of medical cost calculated by the average medical cost per claim multiplied by the number of claims with cause of injury as Workers Compensation Insurance Organizations (WCIO ) Cause of Injury Code=25 Fall from different level(elevation) and code=26 fall from ladder or scaffolding. Only include cases reported to WCIS with medical cost information. Estimation of falls from height in residential construction is based on the number of claims with falls from elevation and falls from ladder or scaffolding in residential construction reported to WCIS FROI, and multiplied by the average medical cost per claim from

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