Work Zone Safety Issues
Eighty-nine percent of highway contractors believe stricter enforcement of existing laws would reduce the number of work zone crashes, injuries, and fatalities, according to a recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America. Highway contractors also said that a stronger police presence on highway work zones (85%), an increased use of barriers (79%), and more frequent safety training for workers (69%) would be beneficial.
Construction Employment by Occupation
There were more carpenters (516,340) than electricians (424,810) in the U.S. in 2014, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data also shows that there were 697,980 construction laborers, 215,140 operating engineers and other construction equipment operators, and 180,640 construction managers.