Bloomberg Law
June 12, 2014, 4:00 AM

Self-Employed in Residential Construction
At Higher Risk of Fall Fatalities, Study Finds

Nearly one-third of the construction workers who died from falls on residential construction sites were self-employed, about three times the percentage of self-employed workers who lost their lives from falls at commercial building projects, according to a new analysis of construction deaths.

The study by researchers and safety experts at CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, examined data on fatal falls from 2003 through 2010 collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During those seven years, 869 residential construction workers and 806 commercial building workers died from falls, the report said. Another 1,311 workers died from falls on other ...